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In advance of the 2020 Census, the U.S. Census Bureau is recruiting hundreds of thousands of people for temporary jobs across the United States and Puerto Rico.

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Census taker greeting a woman at her front door, showing his badge while holding his phone in his other hand and carrying a census bag on his shoulder.
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Census takers interview residents who haven't responded to the census and drop off questionnaires (in select areas).

Overview

The 2020 Census is your chance to play a part in history! Temporary census positions offer the perfect opportunity to earn extra money while helping your community.

Most 2020 Census positions will last several weeks. They feature:

This page provides details about the positions and the qualifications you'll need to apply.

You may be considered for one, some, or all 2020 Census positions. Which positions you are considered for depends on your answers to the application assessment questions and the availability of work in your area.

Bilingual applicants are needed and are encouraged to apply.

Job Descriptions

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Census takers will interview household residents and update address lists. Applicants who are hired will attend paid training before beginning work.

Prior to the census, census takers used maps and address lists to determine if the addresses are correct. Next, they will visit households that haven't responded to the census, speaking with residents and using electronic devices (such as smartphones and tablets, issued by the Census Bureau) to collect census data.

Number of Positions: Hundreds of thousands

Hours: Schedules are flexible and dependent on the area. Many of the positions require availability to work in the evenings and on weekends.

Location: Work is done in the field.

Hiring Timeline: Most job offers will be made between January and April 2020. Paid training will be conducted between March and mid-May. From May through July, census takers will help collect responses from households that have not yet responded to the census.

Census field supervisors will supervise census takers, monitor their progress and performance, and ensure that the quality of work is maintained and that work is completed on time. Census field supervisors will use electronic devices issued by the Census Bureau to conduct their work.

Number of Positions: Thousands

Hours: Schedules typically follow regular business hours but can be flexible and dependent on the area. This position may require working shifts on specific days, evenings, or weekends.

Location: Work is done in the field and at home.

Timeline: Most job offers will be made in January and February 2020.

Recruiting assistants will give impromptu presentations and meet with representatives from the community, media outlets, employment agencies, and other groups to promote census employment opportunities and recruit local residents. They may also help applicants complete the online job application. Recruiting assistants will use electronic devices issued by the Census Bureau to conduct their work.

Number of Positions: Thousands

Hours: Schedules typically follow regular business hours but can be flexible and dependent on the area. This position may require some work in the evenings and on weekends.

Location: Work is done in the field.

Timeline: Job offers will be made periodically throughout the 2020 Census.

Clerks are needed in or near area census offices to perform administrative and clerical tasks in support of various functions, including payroll, personnel, recruiting, and field operations. Clerks will use computers or other electronic devices (such as smartphones and tablets) issued by the Census Bureau to conduct their work.

Office Worker At Computer On Phone
Component ID: #ti446661744

Census clerks perform administrative work in area census offices.

Number of Positions: Thousands

Hours: Schedules typically follow regular business hours but can be flexible and dependent on the area. This position may require some work in the evenings and on weekends.

Location: Work is done in an office.

Timeline: Job offers will be made periodically throughout the 2020 Census.

Office operations supervisors are needed in or near area census offices to assist in the management of office functions and day-to-day activities required to support field operations. The person in this position supervises clerks, oversees office operations, develops work schedules, oversees assignment preparation and tracking, conducts quality checks, does data entry, and oversees shipment activities. Office operations supervisors will use desktop or laptop computers or other electronic devices (such as smartphones and tablets) issued by the Census Bureau to conduct their work.

Office Worker Visiting Another Worker At Her Desk
Component ID: #ti1651547205

Office operations supervisors manage day-to-day work at area census offices.

Number of Positions: Thousands

Hours: Schedules typically follow regular business hours but can be flexible and dependent on the area. This position may require working shifts on specific days, evenings, or weekends.

Location: Work is done in an office.

Timeline: Job offers will be made periodically throughout the 2020 Census.

 

 

Component ID: #ti320066162

Census takers use maps and address lists to determine if household addresses are correct.

Job Qualifications

To be eligible for a 2020 Census job, you must:

  • Be at least 18 years old.
  • Have a valid Social Security number.
  • Be a U.S. citizen.*
  • Have a valid email address.
  • Complete an application and answer assessment questions. (Some application questions are available in Spanish. However, an English proficiency test may also be required.)
  • Be able to speak, read, and write in English, if applying in the 50 states or Washington, D.C. (Bilingual applicants are needed and are encouraged to apply.)
  • Be registered with the Selective Service System or have a qualifying exemption, if you are a male born after December 31, 1959.
  • Undergo fingerprinting and pass a criminal background check and a review of criminal records performed by the Census Bureau.
  • Commit to completing training.
  • Be available to work flexible hours, which can include days, evenings, and weekends.

Most jobs require employees to:

  • Have a valid driver’s license and access to a vehicle, unless public transportation is readily available.
  • Have access to a computer with internet and an email account (to complete training).

Applicants located in Puerto Rico:

  • Have the option to complete the application in English or Spanish but will be required to complete the assessments in Spanish only.
  • Will be required to take the English proficiency assessment, if applying for office and/or supervisory positions.

If you are currently employed, your job must be compatible with Census Bureau employment and not create conflicts of interest. These will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis. Also, you must not engage in any partisan political activity while on duty.

* Non-citizens may be hired in certain circumstances. Consistent with law, the Census Bureau will hire non-citizen translators as census takers who are legally entitled to work in the U.S. on an as-needed-basis during 2020 peak field operations, if there are no available citizens who can be hired with the necessary non-English language skills. Census Bureau recruiting and hiring systems will be updated consistent with this approach.

Veteran Status

If you are a veteran who served on active duty in the U.S. armed forces and were separated under honorable conditions, you may be eligible for veterans’ preference. You must include documentation supporting your claim for preference in your application. For more information, visit the U.S. Office of Personnel Management Veterans’ Preference page.

The Census Bureau is an equal opportunity employer. For more information, visit our Equal Employment Opportunity page.

Bilingual and Noncitizen Applicants

Bilingual applicants are needed and are encouraged to apply. Noncitizens will be considered for positions that require proficiency in a particular language if no qualified citizens are available. If selected for a position, noncitizens must present documentation of employment eligibility.

Ready to Apply?

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

Pay & Locations

Positions for the 2020 Census are located throughout the United States and Puerto Rico. Explore our interactive map to find the pay rates in your county or municipio.


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

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