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The Census Bureau needs to fill hundreds of thousands of positions across the country, so recruiting efforts start months before job offers are made. Depending on when you apply, it may be several weeks or months before hiring begins in your area.

The good news is that your application can remain in the applicant pool for the entire 2020 Census cycle. As a result, whenever the Census Bureau has openings in your area, your application may be considered, unless you ask us to no longer consider it.

Most 2020 Census positions will last several weeks and feature competitive wages, weekly paychecks, flexible hours and paid training.

The first step toward joining the census team is to complete the online application at

This process should take about 30 minutes and will include some assessment questions about your education, work, and other experience.

To apply you will need your Social Security number, home address (physical location and mailing address), Email address and phone number, and date and place of birth. If you do not provide the required information, your application will not be considered. 

If you are a veteran who served on active duty in the U.S. armed forces and were separated under honorable conditions, you may be eligible for veterans’ preference. You must include documentation supporting your claim for preference in your application. For more information, visit the U.S. Office of Personnel Management Veterans’ Preference page.

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, and have a valid email address.

You must complete an application and answer assessment questions. (Some application questions are available in Spanish. However, an English proficiency test may also be required.) Census workers must be able to speak, read, and write in English. Bilingual applicants are needed and are encouraged to apply.

Workers must also undergo fingerprinting and pass a criminal background check and a review of criminal records performed by the Census Bureau, commit to completing training and be available to work flexible hours, which can include days, evenings, and weekends.

Once you apply you may be considered for one, some, or all 2020 Census positions. Which positions you are considered for depends on your answers to the application assessment questions and the availability of work in your area.

The Census Bureau is an equal opportunity employer. 

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