The U.S. Census Bureau is poised to hire about 1.2 million temporary workers, most of them in late spring, to visit households that don't return census forms.
It may not be a permanent career for separating or retiring members of the military, but these jobs offer flexible hours (20-40 per week) and decent pay. Ideally, the bureau will hire people to work in their own neighborhoods. These jobs also might be ideal for military spouses.
The pay varies from state to state, and even from town to town. But the range seems to start at $11-plus an hour and climbs as high as $20 an hour. Workers are paid on a weekly basis, either by mail or direct deposit. To find out what the jobs pay in your neighborhood, click here, then click on your state and nearest town.
Bureau Director Robert Groves said told a Senate subcommittee Tuesday that 600,000 to 700,000 census takers will be hired beginning in May. The hiring campaign will continue through early July, and the agency is particularly interested in finding bilingual applicants and workers for rural areas.
"We want people who know the neighborhoods they're working," Groves said.
Workers are reimbursed for authorized work-related expenses such as mileage. Workers also will be paid for training, which lasts up to four days.
You may be considered for a job as a census taker if:
- 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.
If you are a male applicant born after 12/31/59, you must confirm
that you are registered with the Selective Service System. Potential workers must be able to work flexible hours, including evenings and weekends.
To apply, use the Census Bureau's interactive map to find your local Census Office and schedule an appointment to take the employment test or call the toll-free Jobs Line at 1-866-861-2010. TTY users should call the Federal Relay Service at 1-800-877-8339.