The 411 on Census Bureau Jobs

Census Bureau Jobs As the 2010 census forms hit 120 million American mailboxes this week, the U.S. Census Bureau is currently looking for part-time, temporary employees to help them collect information.

With the existing climate of the job market, many anticipate that 3 million to 4 million applicants will apply for one of the 700,000 census taker positions. For many out-of-work Americans, a census job means steady income between the spring and summer months. But while we've heard about the influx of temporary census jobs, many of us don't know exactly what that encompasses.

According to a recent Washington Post article, the 2010 census job pool will be significantly different than it was 10 years ago during the job boom. Wendy Button, a Census Bureau hiring specialist told the paper: "We're seeing professionals with advanced degrees taking temporary jobs part time. It's incredible."

Where Do Census Employees Work?

Census takers usually work in their own communities, walking door-to-door to interview residents who did not turn in the mailed census questionnaires. The schedule is between 20-40 hours a week, depending on your community's need, and census takers generally work when people can be reached - i.e. during evenings and weekends. Workers make between $10-$25 per hour, depending on where you live. Census takers are also reimbursed for work expenses such as mileage.

According to the U.S. Census Web site, Census Takers have the following responsibilities:

  • locating households,
  • explaining the purpose of the census,
  • conducting brief personal interviews, helping neighbors complete their 2010 Census questionnaire, and
  • recording responses on paper forms.

If you are interested in applying for a census job, contact your local office to make an appointment to take the employment test. You can download the job application online. When you arrive for your test, bring the completed job application along with two forms of identification. Once you apply, you can contact the census office to check on the status of your application. Good luck!

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