Short-Term Jobs with Long-Term Results with the 2010 Census
For sociology students interested in demography, the U.S. Census Bureau is seeking job applicants for the 2010 Census. By working on this once-a-decade population headcount, applicants have an opportunity to be a part of history. Conducted every decade since 1790, the constitutionally mandated census is used to determine an accurate assessment of the number and location of people within the United States (see the Vantage Point column on p. 2).
"The jobs, which offer competitive wages and flexible schedules, also allow people to work in their neighborhoods and for their neighborhoods," said Marilia Matos, the Census Bureau’s associate director for field operations. "An accurate count means a fair distribution of money for schools, roads, neighborhood improvements and elderly care in your community."
In 2009, the Census Bureau will hire about 140,000 people to help update the Census Bureau’s address list. The workers will use GPS-equipped hand-held computers to verify, add, and delete addresses, and they will be paid for training. By the end of the 2010 Census, the Census Bureau will have employed about 1.4 million temporary workers in communities across the country. Employees will update the Census Bureau’s address list, interview people who do not respond to the census by mail, and perform other assignments vital to the national count.
The U.S. population is more diverse than ever before, with people speaking a record number of languages. As a result, in many areas the Census Bureau will need to hire people who are bilingual. Most positions require U.S. citizenship, a driver’s license, and use of a vehicle, and each applicant will undergo a background check. A short-term job with long-term results, 2010 Census positions offer competitive wages and flexible schedules.
By 2010, there will be more than 310 million people living in an estimated 130 million households across the country and everyone must be counted in order to ensure seats are apportioned in the U.S. House of Representatives and federal and state funding is distributed fairly.
Hiring will occur until the end of May 2010 for temporary assignments, most lasting five to 10 weeks. To apply for a census job, call (866) 861-2010. For more information on the 2010 Census, see www.census.gov/2010census/.