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 1-855-JOB-2020 (562-2020) 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 if they have a valid Social Security number and email address. Males born after Dec. 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.

When someone does apply for a 2020 Census job, what sorts of questions are asked?

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

What happens once someone is offered a 2020 Census job?

Potential employees must pass a criminal background check and review of criminal records (including fingerprinting). 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 work schedule to be 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 to 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, like mileage, while conducting 2020 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.