Want a job? It pays well. It will only last a short time. You will meet new people.
The Census Bureau is hiring. In fact, it is hiring a lot of people.
The bureau will start the largest count of people in U.S. history this spring. To do so, it wants to hire as many as 500,000 workers.
The Census Bureau hopes to have a group of 2.7 million job seekers to choose from. Most of the hiring will happen in the first three months of this year.
The job market in the U.S. is tight right now. That means there aren't too many people without jobs. So the Census Bureau needs to attract job seekers.
One way it's doing so is by offering good pay. The pay for census work depends on where you live. But it is between $13.50 and $30 per hour.
Most workers will go door-to-door. They will stop at each home in an area. They will talk to people who didn't fill out their census form online or by mail. They will collect answers to the census questions.
But there are other jobs to do, too. There are office jobs in some places.
For most census jobs, workers have to be citizens. But non-citizens who speak a needed language can be hired.
Job seekers need to be fingerprinted. They need to pass background checks. They need to be at least 18 years old. They need to have an email address.
There are other requirements, too.
Each worker who is hired will be trained. The training will be paid. It will start in March and run through mid-May.
Training will happen about 60 days after the job offer. That will allow time for a full background check.
Most workers will need to have a car they can use. Most will need to work some weekend hours.
The work will run from mid-March until July.
To learn more, visit 2020census.gov/en/jobs.
SOURCES: THE ASSOCIATED PRESS, U.S. CENSUS BUREAU