Government / Politics

Census Bureau hiring for 2020 count

Looking for workers who want to serve their community, help ensure everyone is counted.

The U.S. Census Bureau is recruiting workers to help with the nationwide population count that begins on April 1.

The census occurs every 10 years, as mandated by the Constitution. Along with determining a state’s number of seats in the House of Representatives, it can also determine federal funds, grants and support to states, counties, and communities based on population totals and demographics.

According to the Census Bureau website, communities benefit most “when the census counts everyone. When you respond to the census, you help your community gets its fair share of the more than $675 billion per year in federal funds spent on schools, hospitals, roads, public works and other vital programs.”

The Census Bureau compiled a list of frequently asked questions for potential employees.


Why should someone choose to work as a census taker?

Census positions provide the perfect opportunity to earn extra income while helping your community. The results of the 2020 Census will help determine your state’s representation in Congress, as well as how certain funds are spent for schools, hospitals, roads, and more. This is your chance to play a part in history and help ensure everyone in your community is counted. 

What are the benefits of working as a census taker? 

In addition to supporting your community, census jobs offer great pay every week, flexible hours, and paid training.  

How does someone apply for a 2020 census job?

Applying is easy. Visit to learn more, then click on Apply Now. Potential applicants can also call (855) JOB-2020 or use the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339 for TTY/ASCII to learn more or for assistance. 

What are the application requirements? 

People can apply for 2020 Census work if they are at least 18 years old, a U.S. citizen, and have a valid social security number and email address. Males born after December 31, 1959 must also be registered with the Selective Service System or have a qualifying exemption. Please visit to learn more about specific application requirements.  

What sort of questions are asked when someone applies for a 2020 Census job?

As part of the application process, applicants will be asked questions related to their education, work, and other experiences. 

What happens when someone is offered a 2020 Census job? 

Potential employees must pass a criminal background check and review of criminal records (including fingerprints). Once these steps are completed, potential employees will receive information about training. 

What is required of most 2020 Census employees? 

Employees should have access to a vehicle and a valid driver’s license, unless public transportation is readily available. Employees should also have access to an internet-connected computer to complete the training process. 

What can people expect their 2020 Census schedule to look like? 

Work schedules depend on individual positions. Generally hours for field positions are flexible. Some positions require work during the day and other positions require evening and weekend work interviewing the public. In addition, supervisory positions require employees to be available for certain day, evening and/or weekend shifts. 

Where will most people work? 

The Census Bureau is committed to hiring census takers to work in their own communities.

How often will 2020 Census employees be paid? 

Employees are paid weekly and can expect to receive their first paycheck approximately 10-14 days after their first day of work. 

Will 2020 Census employees be reimbursed for work-related expenses? 

Field employees will be reimbursed for authorized work expenses such as mileage incurred while conducting census work.  

Will 2020 Census employees be paid during training? 

Yes, 2020 Census employees will be paid during training at a slightly lower rate than their regular hourly rate.


To apply, or for more answers about application requirements, visit or call (800) JOB-2020.


BenitoLink Staff