2010 Census Job Opportunities

Job seekers, there's an employment opportunity right in front of us that comes around only once every 10 years: The U.S. Census Bureau is now looking for people to work temporary, part-time census jobs for the 2010 Census.

As a census taker, you'll be responsible for locating households, explaining the purpose of the census, conducting brief interviews, helping people complete their questionnaires, and recording responses. Bilingual speakers are encouraged to apply.

Census job requirements include the following:

• 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, for which you will be paid.

Pay ranges from around $10 to $20 per hour, depending on your location.

As a census taker, you'll be helping provide information that determines funding for social programs, hospitals, local infrastructure, and the future of your community, as well as the numbers of seats your state occupies in the U.S. House of Representatives. Not too shabby!

Interested? Application materials are on the 2010 Census website (there's a simple test involved), or call 1-866-861-2010. Hiring takes place this spring.

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