Published On: Mon, Jun 24th, 2019

U.S. Census 2010

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The results of a census help determine the allocation of federal funds for road improvements, parks and other public services. The tabulation of the population also determines representation in the House of Representatives. Boundaries of congressional districts are reconfigured in response to the shift of the population that is documented by an accurate census.

To help obtain a proper count of the residents and to determine where they live, the federal government creates positions that provide good pay, flexible hours, paid training and the chance to work independently within a specific community.

Temporary Census Jobs

While conducting the census is a huge task and requires people of various skills to perform various functions, the jobs are temporary. Many positions require a valid driver’s license and the use of a vehicle. Besides a salary of $13.50 to $20.25 per hour, census workers are reimbursed for authorized work-related expenses such as mileage.

Schedules include 20 to 40 hours of work per week. Positions include interviewing the public or coordinating activities from an office location.

A half-hour employment test is required. But even with a passing grade, not everyone who meets all the qualifications will be hired. Job offers depend on the availability of work within each community, test scores and other factors.

If a paid census position is offered, a commitment must be made to attend four days of training. The training will be held during daytime hours, evening hours, or on weekends. Every person who is offered a position and completes the training will be paid for the training time at the agreed-upon hourly rate for the specific position.

Census Positions

U.S. Census 2010

Several different positions are available with the U.S. Census Bureau. These include:

A census taker also called an enumerator, who locates households, conducts interviews with respondents, explains the purpose of the census and records all responses.

A census crew leader to train, supervise and review the work of census takers who are part of a team. People offered the crew leader position will meet daily with census takers to review assignments and approve daily records to ensure that procedures are followed and material is submitted correctly for tabulation.

A census crew leader assistant who supports crew leaders with various required duties. People in this position might perform some of the same field work as census takers.

A recruiting assistant who serves as a local representative to help disseminate information about available census jobs within communities. The assistant also manages meetings and testing sessions, schedules donated space for testing and training sessions, and reviews the materials of applicants.

A census clerk to answer phone calls, schedule tests, support recruiting, process payroll and provide administrative support.

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