How to Apply

Take the first step toward joining our team by completing the online application.


Getting Started

The first step is to complete the online job application. This process should take about 30 minutes and will include some assessment questions about your education, work, and other experience.

Here’s the information you’ll need to provide to get started:

  • Social Security number
  • Home address (physical location and mailing address)
  • Email address and phone number
  • Date and place of birth

If you do not provide the required information, your application will not be considered. 

If you’re a veteran who would like to claim veterans’ preference, you will need supporting documentation. For more information, visit the U.S. Office of Personnel Management Veterans’ Preference page.

Ready to Apply?

Take the next step toward joining our team! Complete your application today.



Census taker walking towards the stairs to a suburb home, while holding a phone in her hands with a Census bag on her shoulder.
Component ID: #ti206871273

Census takers interview residents who haven't responded to the census and drop off questionnaires (in select areas).

Application Process

Your application will allow you to be considered for both field and office positions available in your area. Basic assessment questions are required for all positions and take approximately 10 minutes to answer.

You must answer the supervisory assessment questions to be considered for census field supervisor and office operations supervisor positions. These questions take an additional 10 minutes to answer. Openings for positions other than census takers are much more limited.

Learn more about the available 2020 Census jobs.

Assessment Questions

The assessment questions in the online application will ask you to describe your education, work, and other experience that relates to successful job performance.

The basic assessment questions are similar to the following:

Example 1

My previous supervisors (or teachers, if not previously employed) would likely describe my self-discipline as:

  1. Superior
  2. Above average
  3. Average
  4. Below average
  5. Do not know

Example 2

I dislike being the center of attention.

  1. Mostly true
  2. Mostly false

Please note: The Census Bureau does not provide practice assessments, except for those applicants who are required to take the English Proficiency assessment. There are sample assessment questions available on the instructions page of the application. 

Census taker verifying information in his phone while walking through a neighborhood.
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Census takers use devices issued by the Census Bureau to collect census data.

English Proficiency Test

All 2020 Census employees in the 50 states and Washington, D.C., must be able to speak, read, and write in English.

If you choose to read and answer the assessment questions in Spanish, you will be asked to take the English proficiency test to determine how well you can read and understand English. This is a timed test with two sections. The test takes a total of 15 minutes.

After You Apply

The U.S. Census Bureau may reach out to request additional information or to conduct a job interview.

The U.S. Census Bureau is an equal opportunity employer.

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