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Tim Olson, Associate Director for Field Operations, answers the top five 2020 Census Jobs related questions.

This video answers your questions about: application status, pay rates, flexible hours, application process, and can I call someone. You are encouraged to apply for jobs working with the U.S. Census Bureau.

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My application still says "available" - am I still being considered?

We are recruiting right now, 2.7 million people, from throughout the United States and what happens is once you apply, you're in our system. As we hire at the local area where you live, if you're in the system it's very likely you may be contacted. Most of our hiring will occur next spring, in 2020.

While we're building our applicant pool, like I said it was 2.7 million people, you may have to wait two, three, four months before you hear from us.

I want to give you some encouragement. Don't give up. We are hiring many, many different positions and do at this point simply hang tight and when it come time to job offer, hopefully you'll be hearing from us.

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How do I find out about the pay rates in my area?

Pay rates run from $13.50 an hour up to $30 an hour for census taker jobs. But it depends on what county you live in. When you go to our website,, it's a very simple online application and in that process, in that website, you can very easily find what your local pay rate is offered in the county that you reside in.

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Are the hours flexible? I have an existing job.

This is the beauty about working on the 2020 Census. Our hours are flexible and when people are hired, most people will be working in the field conducting interviews with households that haven't self-responded to the census.

Most people - we need you to work when they're home. So that's usually evenings, weekends, this is an ideal job for somebody who's currently employed and has a regular job.

You can work evenings and weekends, we encourage you to apply.

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How long is the application process?

Because it's all online,, it'll take you about 30 minutes to complete the online application and assessment.

It's very, very simple, basic information about yourself, there's a brief assessment, and once you're done you'll receive a notification screen and it's - it's really simple.

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How do I talk to somebody about these jobs?

What I would encourage you to do is simply call our toll-free number 1.855.JOB.2020 (1-800-562-2020).

Once you call that number it will prompt you to enter where you reside and that will forward your call to one of our local area census offices.

Once you call and you reach somebody they can talk through with you any questions you may have.

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These positions provide the perfect opportunity to earn some extra income while helping your community.

The results of the 2020 Census will help determine each 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 that everyone in your community is counted!

To be eligible for a 2020 Census job, you must:

  • Be at least 18 years old.
  • Have a valid Social Security number.
  • Be a U.S. citizen.
  • Have a valid email address.
  • Complete an application and answer assessment questions. (Some assessment questions are available in Spanish. However, an English proficiency test may also be required.)
  • Be registered with the Selective Service System or have a qualifying exemption, if you are a male born after Dec. 31, 1959.
  • Pass a Census Bureau-performed criminal background check and a review of criminal records, including fingerprinting.
  • Commit to completing training.
  • Be available to work flexible hours, which can include days, evenings, and/or weekends.

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