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2020 Census Offers Temporary Jobs Ideally Suited for Retirees

The U.S. Census Bureau is in the process of recruiting thousands of workers for temporary jobs to help collect valuable data for the 2020 Census, and retirees are ideal candidates. Can you write a column to get the word out? Thanks for your help!

I am happy to oblige, and I agree. This once-in-a-decade job opportunity is a great fit for retirees who have some free time on their hands and would like to earn some extra income while helping their communities.

Attention Retirees!

The United States Census Bureau is currently in the process of recruiting over 500,000 temporary workers to help carry out the upcoming 2020 Census, which is a national headcount of every person living in the U.S.

The U.S Census helps determine each state's representation in Congress; how funds are spent for schools, hospitals and roads; and provides information to guide many decisions made by government agencies, private businesses and institutions.

Jobs within the census vary from working in the field canvassing, updating maps, doing follow-up interviews with citizens in the community, to working in the office as a clerk doing administrative tasks or office operation supervisor who oversees the field staff.

Some jobs will begin this summer, but the majority of positions will begin in late April 2020 and last a month or two.

These temporary part-time positions are located in every county throughout the United States and Puerto Rico. Some positions require evening and/or weekend shifts because employees must be available to interview members of the public when they are at home. All positions require several days of online and classroom training. The pay ranges between $13.50 and $30 per hour depending on position and location. To find the pay rates in your area, see 2020census.gov/en/jobs/locations.html.

Job Qualifications

To be able to work for the 2020 Census you must:
  • Be at least 18 years old
  • Have a valid Social Security number
  • Be a U.S. citizen
  • Have a valid email address
  • Complete an application and answer assessment questions
  • Be registered with the Selective Service System or have a qualifying exemption if you are a male born after Dec. 31, 1959
  • Pass a Census-performed criminal background check and a review of criminal records, including fingerprinting
  • Commit to completing training
  • Be available to work flexible hours, which can include days, evenings and weekends.
In addition, most census jobs require employees to have access to a vehicle and a valid driver's license, unless public transportation is readily available. Access to a computer with an internet connection and an email account are necessary to complete training.

How to Apply

The first step is to complete the online job application at 2020census.gov/en/jobs. The process takes about 30 minutes and will include some assessment questions about your education, work and other experience.

If you are a veteran who would like to claim veterans' preference, which provides preference over nonveteran applicants, you will need supporting documentation.

After you apply, an interviewer will reach out to potential hires to conduct a phone interview, but not all applicants will be interviewed. Job offers are made verbally, but candidates will also receive a letter by email.

For more information on the 2020 Census, or if you have questions or problems with the application process, call 855-562-2020.

Savvy Living is written by Jim Miller, a regular contributor to the NBC Today Show and author of "The Savvy Living” book. Any links in this article are offered as a service and there is no endorsement of any product. These articles are offered as a helpful and informative service to our friends and may not always reflect this organization’s official position on some topics. Jim invites you to send your senior questions to: Savvy Living, P.O. Box 5443, Norman, OK 73070.

Published May 10, 2019

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