The census, which the U.S. Constitution requires every 10 years, is a count of everyone residing in the United States, including in all 50 states and Washington, D.C., Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Guam, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands and American Samoa.
Available positions include census takers, crew leaders, crew leader assistants, recruiting assistants and census clerks. Anyone working these positions can not work more than 40 hours per week.
Perks of the job include good pay, getting paid weekly, flexible hours, paid training and reimbursement for mileage and work-related expenses.
Every year, more than $300 billion in federal funds is awarded to states and communities based on census data, or more than $3 trillion over a 10-year period. And the media use census data to inform stories and add credibility to their work.
The census questionnaire asks only a few simple questions of each person – name, relationship, gender, age and date of birth, race and whether the respondent owns or rents his or her own home. The questionnaire takes only a few minutes to complete and return by mail.
The Census Bureau doesn’t release or share information that identifies individual respondents or their households. Census workers take an oath to protect the confidentiality of census responses.
Recruitment has already begun, and by February and March next year, workers will begin mailing census questionnaires to households. The official Census Day will be April 1, and from April – July, census takers will visit households that didn’t return a questionnaire.
By December of next year, the Census Bureau will deliver population counts to the President of the United States for apportionment, and by March 2011, the Bureau will deliver the redistricting information to the states.
For more information, including a practice test, go to www.2010censusjobs.gov, or call 1-866-861-2010. The FedRelay number is 1-800-877-8339 TTY.
(Information for this staff report was contributed by the U.S. Census Bureau.)