Questions About Census 2020 Jobs

How many people will be hired in Fulton County?

The hiring goal for Fulton County is 7,100.  Roughly 4,000 have been hired and we are working to help recruit 3,000 more. 

Is there an opportunity for my 2020 Census position to become permanent?

Positions for the 2020 Census are temporary with most lasting until September 2020. However, you can visit the Census Careers page or USA Jobs site to search for permanent employment with the Census Bureau.  

What do the jobs pay?

Jobs for the 2020 Census offer competitive wages, which are paid weekly, as well as paid training. In addition, employees doing fieldwork are reimbursed for authorized work-related expenses such as mileage. For more detailed information on specific pay rates, please visit our Pay & Locations page. Fulton County (and most metro Atlanta counties) average is $22 per hour.

Can non-citizens be hired to work on the 2020 Census?

Only U.S. citizens are eligible to be hired.

If I am a veteran, do I get veterans’ preference?

If you are a veteran who served on active duty in the U.S. armed forces and were separated under honorable conditions, you may be eligible for veterans’ preference. With veterans’ preference, you may receive preference over nonveteran applicants in the hiring process.

When claiming veterans’ preference, you must provide a copy of your DD-214, Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty, or other acceptable documentation. Applicants claiming 10-point preference will need to submit Form SF-15 and related supporting documentation. You can find the SF-15 here.

For more information, visit the U.S. Office of Personnel Management Veterans’ Preference page. 

Will my disability prevent me from getting a 2020 Census position?

No. (And federal SSI or other federal payments will NOT be affected by the Census payments.) The U.S. Census Bureau is an equal opportunity employer. All people are encouraged to apply. If you need assistance applying, please contact your area census office for more information. Call 1-855-JOB-2020 (1-855-562-2020) and select option 3; when prompted, enter your ZIP code to be routed to your area census office. You may also use the Federal Relay Service at 1-800-877-8339 for TTY/ASCII. If you are interviewed, you can also inquire about accommodations during the interview process.

English is not my first language. Am I still eligible for a 2020 Census position?

Applicants who are bilingual in English and other languages are encouraged to apply. However, all hires in the 50 states and Washington, D.C., must be able to speak, read, and write in English. 

In Puerto Rico, applicants who do not speak English, but do speak Spanish, can be hired as census takers. However, other positions in Puerto Rico require applicants to be fluent in English and Spanish.  

Is there an age limit for employment?

There is no cap on the age for employment. However, you must be at least 18 years or older to be hired for all positions.

How often will I be paid?

Temporary 2020 Census employees are paid weekly through direct deposit or a paycheck in the mail. They can expect to receive their first paycheck 10 to 14 days after their first day of work, and they will receive subsequent paychecks every 7 days.

Do you offer reimbursement for work-related expenses?

Yes, field employees will be reimbursed for authorized work expenses such as mileage incurred while conducting census work.

If your question is not listed, please call 1-855-JOB-2020 (1-855-562-2020) and press 1 for technical help with your application or press 3 to reach your area census office. You may also use the Federal Relay Service at 1-800-877-8339 for TTY/ASCII. 

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