U.S. Census Bureau to open up 500,000 jobs for part-time applicants


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Soundharjya Babu, Assistant News Editor

MOON TOWNSHIP – The U.S. Census Bureau will be hiring up to 500,000 part-time census takers for 2020.

Census takers go door to door to collect responses for people who have not responded over email or phone.

Every 10 years, the U.S. requires people to conduct a census in order to determine the number of seats in the House of Representatives and find out how lawmakers can distribute funds to local communities.

These temporary positions last several weeks. The U.S. Census Bureau states that the jobs feature competitive wages, paid training, flexible hours and weekly paychecks.

“Whether you’re looking to earn some extra cash, pay down your student debt, or offset holiday season spending, our part-time positions are a great way to do that,” said Census Bureau Director Steven Dillingham. “What better way to earn some extra money and help shape the future of your community for the next 10 years than with the 2020 Census?”

Applicants will be considered for more than one position with one application. Census takers, Census Field Supervisors, Recruiting Assistants, Clerk, Office Operations Supervisor are all possible jobs that the Census Bureau considers.

Individuals should be at least 18 years old and be a U.S. citizen with a valid Social Security Number. Under some circumstances, non-citizens can be hired if they are legally allowed to work in the U.S. if there are no available citizens. They are also looking for bilingual applicants.

The Census Bureau came out with a new interactive map to track the application progress and goals. So far, Pennsylvania and a few other states need more applicants.

“Aside from Puerto Rico, that has already received enough applicants to fill all jobs in the Commonwealth, every other area throughout the nation needs more applicants right now,” said Timothy Olson, Census Bureau associate director for Field Operations. “With low unemployment, the Census Bureau is taking extraordinary efforts to attract enough applicants to fill nearly 500,000 positions this spring.”

For more information on job applications and requirements, click here.