Now Hiring: Census Workers

Written by  //  01/06/2009  //  Career Planning, Personal Advice  //  8 Comments

College students who are looking for part time work may want to consider the U.S. Census Bureau. The pay is good, the job is temporary, and the work you do for the federal government can be included on your resume.

College students who are looking for part time work may want to consider the U.S. Census Bureau. The pay is good, the job is temporary, and the work you do for the federal government can be included on your resume.

College students understand that balancing their studies with a part time job can be a challenge. When carrying a full credit load, even working a few hours per week can be a burden that can make life difficult.

However, there is one job that comes around every ten years which could be the perfect temporary (and part time) position for some college students. Courtesy of the U.S. Census Bureau, census takers are still needed to help make the decennial census a success. 2010 is the next year that a national census will be conducted, and the census bureau is actively recruiting individuals now to fill available positions.

According to the U.S. Census Bureau:

Conducting the census is a huge undertaking. Thousands of census takers are needed to update address lists and conduct interviews with community residents. Most positions require a valid driver’s license and use of a vehicle. However, public transportation may be authorized in certain areas.

For a temporary, part time opportunity students will find the pay to be competitive with pay ranges from $10 to $22 depending on the region. Vehicle and related expenses will also be covered; workers will get paid weekly.

Hiring for the upcoming census will begin next month (February 2009). To apply, prospective workers are urged to call 1-866-861-2010 to schedule an appointment to take an employment test. Additional information about the census can be found online at www.census.gov/2010censusjobs.

Some final notes: Working as a census employee will allow you to help make sure that federal funds are distributed properly to help build roads, bridges, parks, housing and to ensure public safety. Your time as a census worker can also be included on your resume, giving you valuable work experience to show future employers.

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8 Comments on "Now Hiring: Census Workers"

  1. Felicia Mc kenzie 02/05/2009 at 5:19 pm ·

    At the end of December 2008 I sent an application for employment as a census worker by fax. I have not heard anything regarding the outcome. I was wondering if some one can assist me in finding out the status of my application.

  2. Matthew C. Keegan 02/05/2009 at 5:50 pm ·

    Hi Felicia — I removed your contact information from your comment as that information can spread around the internet and cause you more grief than what you want.

    I can’t give you an answer on your application other than to call the number listed in this article again to see what is going on. I imagine that they are very busy, but you should hear something. Please do follow up.

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