Job Descriptions

Learn more about the positions that will support the 2020 Census.

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

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.

Census Takers

Census takers will interview household residents and update address lists using electronic devices (such as smartphones and tablets) issued by the Census Bureau. Applicants who are hired will attend paid training before beginning work.

Prior to the census, census takers will use maps and address lists to determine if the addresses are correct. Later, they will visit households that haven't responded to the census, speaking with residents and using electronic devices 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.

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

Census Field Supervisors

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 work on specific days, evenings, and/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

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: Most job offers were made in the summer of 2019, and more may be made periodically as necessary.

Clerk

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 desktop or laptop computers or other electronic devices issued by the Census Bureau (such as smartphones and tablets) 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.

Office Worker At Computer On Phone

Location: Work is done in an office.

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

Office Operations Supervisor

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.

Number of Positions: Thousands

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

Office Worker Visiting Another Worker At Her Desk

Location: Work is done in an office.

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

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