Now Hiring: US Census Workers

censusIf you need a job and are good with people and numbers, the government might have work for you. The U.S. Census Bureau just began the process of hiring more than one million temporary workers for its 2010 population count. If hired, you'll get good pay, flexible hours, paid training, mileage reimbursement and the sense of doing something to help out your country. Best of all, you don't have to go very far - the jobs are right where you live.

Every 10 years, the Census Bureau takes on the massive project of attempting to count every person who lives in the United States. While most get forms mailed to them, not everyone fills them out properly or at all. You'll go door-to-door in your community to encourage people to fill out their questionnaires and help them with any questions they might have. You will also conduct brief interviews with some residents to help learn more about them for the survey.

In exchange for your hard work, you'll earn anywhere from $10 to $20 an hour. The Census Bureau has a neat interactive map on its website where you can see how much the job pays near you. (To see salaries for more government jobs, try our salary calculator.) Be prepared to work anywhere from 20 to 40 hours a week and mainly nights and weekends - after all, that's when people are home. The length of the job depends on how much work there is to be done in your area.

If this all sounds good to you, you're not alone. Nabbing a census bureau job might not be easy in this current economic slump. There's a deluge of qualified workers - many with years of professional experience and degrees - also applying.

Here are the qualifications, according to the Census website:

  • You are able to read, write, and speak English.
  • You are a U.S. citizen.
  • You are a legal permanent resident, or non-citizen with an appropriate work visa, and you possess a bilingual skill for which there are no available qualified U.S. citizens.
  • You are at least 18 years old.
  • You have a valid social security number.
  • You take a written test of basic skills.
  • You have a valid driver's license.
  • You pass a background check.
  • You commit to four days of training. You will be paid for training days. Training can be held either during daytime hours or during evening and weekend hours.


There's also a multiple-choice test you'll have to pass. It quizzes your reading, clerical, number and organizational skills. You can take a practice test on the Census Bureau website. Being bilingual can also help your chances of landing the job.

Ready to apply? Just head to the Census Bureau website, print and fill out the appropriate forms and then call your local census office to schedule an in-person interview and test. Good luck!

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October 11 2011 at 4:05 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Melissa

I'm a census worker and a low income person and I have no criminal backround and No I wouldn't want a rapist or robber at my door I have small children and teens in my home!! I believe once they pay there debt to society they should be able to find jobs but come on not with the government or where they have access to other people info and homes!!!!!

May 05 2010 at 10:13 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
kevin

U.S. citizens are given hiring preference. However, if we need to hire someone with a particular language skill and no U.S. citizens are available, lawful permanent residents or conditional permanent residents and non-citizens with an appropriate work visa may be hired.

Can someone explain to me how this is not discrimination.
I am a legal resident, non-citizen recently laid off.
I was appalled to hear it wasn't a fair hiring process.

February 05 2010 at 4:32 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
rob

First off if you have never been arrested God bless you. However there are those of us acting as good citizens managed to get caught withinthe system of convicted felons.When a judge tells you i agree with your actions however law is clearly stated here, it should be documented as something else other than felon.Pleas are made to innocent people everyday on word spoken by liars and those in power. GET A OVER ANXIOUS COP TO PULL YOU OVER FOR NO REASON OTHER THAN HIS WIFE ATE HIS ASS UP B4 WORK AN SEE WHAT CAN HAPPEN TO YOU...

January 07 2010 at 2:34 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
NAM VET

in the positon i was in as a temporary day labor service manager for over 20year's saw a lot of vet's with with peoblem's. felon's and founf ouy that 99% of them if they we're 1 time only did a great job, for my customer's. it's the combat iand i mean real combet for the nam vet's that did the best. now they welcome evreyone one home from where ever too bad we fought a war that no one cared about. background check's good for the repeater, but why a credit check for some one who has had no chance to create one???????????????????

January 01 2010 at 3:10 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
gotorich11234

nice posts!!
good site!!

December 31 2009 at 11:49 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
kenneth

Oh and i might add that after the little run in I was in the United States Air Force worked the flight line where the at that time new f111's were and had a security clearance. and couldn't get a census job. again the background checks are bs

December 31 2009 at 11:06 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
AnimalLoverForever

Don't bother coming to my house. I' not answering your questions. Too damn intrusive. Just stay away.

December 31 2009 at 10:57 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Joe

It is people like you that want to stay on wellware

January 01 2010 at 4:04 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Melissa

hope you filled out your form!!!!!! It's the law!!!!!

May 05 2010 at 10:20 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
kenneth

the little run in was over 35 years ago. it involved charges on a possession of a small quantity of marijuana which today is legal in states where they've got any since and definately not a felony in most all the other states

December 31 2009 at 10:40 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Yroarrah

True-one cencus worker has already been lynched - can't remember which state. It is not a safe job by any means.

December 31 2009 at 10:31 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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