Every 10 years, the U.S. Census Bureau is responsible for conducting the nationwide census. While the next census with be taken in 2020, the Census Bureau is already recruiting to fill important temporary positions. Apply online at 2020census.gov/jobs.
The importance of the Census: As mandated by the U.S. Constitution, America gets just one chance each decade to count its population. The U.S. Census Bureau counts every resident in the United States. It is mandated by Article I, Section 2 of the U.S. Constitution and takes place every 10 years. Not only do we have to count people, we have to know where they live so we can provide accurate populations numbers for counties, states, etc. These numbers are used to draw school and voting districts.
Census data, collected every 10 years, determines your representation in Congress and determines how funds are are spent in your community on things like roads, schools, and hospitals.
The 2020 Census will use a new design that incorporates online and phone response options in addition to the traditional paper option. The online response option allows people to respond on their desktop computers, laptops, smartphones, or tablets.
Here’s how the census helps you and your community:
Communities use the information to plan bus routes, draw school district boundaries, and offer community services.
Businesses use the information to determine what to sell in their stores so communities get what they need.
The information helps your community receive funding from the federal government.
2020 Census Job Qualifications:
You may be eligible if:
* You are a U.S. Citizen.
* You are at least 18 years old.
* You have a valid Social Security number.
* You have a valid e-mail address.
* You complete an application and assessment questions (For some positions, the assessment questions may be available in Spanish; however, an English Proficiency Test may also be required.)
* You are registered with the Selective Service System if you are a male born after December 31, 1959.
* You pass a criminal background check and a review of criminal records (including fingerprinting) as part of the Census Bureau’s hiring process.
*You do not engage in any partisan political activity while on duty.
*Your current employment (including law and regulatory enforcement jobs) is compatible with Census Bureau employment (reviewed on a case-by-case basis).
*You are available to work flexible hours, including days, evenings, and/or weekends.
*You commit to completing training. (If offered a job, you will be paid for this training at a training pay rate.)
Most jobs require employees to:
* Have access to a vehicle and a valid driver’s license, unless public transportation is readily available.
*Have access to a computer with Internet and an e-mail account (to complete training).
Questions can arise through the application and hiring process. To better assist job applicants and partners, go to the 2020 Census Job Frequently Asked Questions page. If you don’t find your answer in the FAQs, please call 1-855-JOB-2020 and select 1 for technical help, 2 for more information about our jobs, or 3 to reach a local census office. You may also use the Federal Relay Service at 1-800-8339 for TTY/ASCII.