Luckily, the U.S. Census Bureau does a lot more than its once every ten years nationwide census. That's why they have so many cool jobs.

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Every 10 years our country does a census to collect demographic data about our populous to drive public policy decisions. It’s an extremely big deal, and it temporarily creates 1.4 million jobs (according to government figures). But those aren’t typically the types of jobs that we talk about here, at least not the ones that send you door to door asking how many people live at a given residence. Luckily, the U.S. Census Bureau does a lot more than its once every ten years nationwide census. They are “the leading source of quality data about the nation’s people and economy,” so you’d be amazed by all of the things that they track. For instance, much of the economic data that you have been hearing about in the news lately – as in “Stocks plunge on weakened Monthly Retail Sales” – comes from the U.S. Census Bureau. If you’re fascinated by data or just love counting things, there aren’t many places that offer a more interesting work experience that the Census Bureau.

Everyone Counts at the U.S. Census Bureau

Ok, I’d like to go on about the cool things that the Census Bureau does, but we don’t really have time. Navigating the Census Bureau’s job offerings is kind of a hassle, so I want to make sure that you can find what you’re looking for. On their main Jobs page they have links to four sections – Headquarters Opportunities, 2010 Census Taker Opportunities, Regional Office Opportunities, and Student and Research Opportunities. You may be tempted to check out the Student Opportunities, but you actually want to check out either the Headquarters or Regional Office Opportunities. If you check out the Headquarters Opportunities, you’ll find job listings like Statistician / Analyst, Mathematical Statistician, Information Technology Specialist, Geographer, and Cartographer. These links will take you to more specific listings where you’ll find a link titled “How to Apply.” If you click that, you’ll find even more information and another link to the specific job descriptions on You can also skip ahead and just search all of the U.S. Census Bureau’s 90 current openings. If you decide to check out the Regional Office Opportunities, you’ll just have to select a region, and you’ll be shown a list of opportunities. It’s a lot simpler.

As for locations:

The U.S. Census Bureau headquarters is located in Suitland, Maryland, just outside the District of Columbia.

The National Processing Center (NPC) is located in Jeffersonville, Indiana. The NPC also has two call centers located in Hagerstown, Maryland and Tucson, Arizona.

The Census Bureau has 12 Regional Offices located in Atlanta, Boston, Charlotte, Chicago, Dallas, Denver, Detroit, Kansas City, Los Angeles, New York, Philadelphia and Seattle.

The Census Bureau has a ton of jobs, and there are a lot more coming. Many of these offer extremely interesting entry level work, but you’re going to have to show off your data parsing abilities to find and apply for the jobs – they don’t make the process easy at all.

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5 responses to “U.S. Census Bureau”

  1. @macdonmt says:

    I recently tried to apply for a regional part time job with the census. It’s easy to find jobs ( but then it’s a little more vague. You have to take a test, and the only way to find out about locations and times is to call the regional office. In my case, they told me about the location and time, I took off work, showed up 20 min early, and found out it had been canceled. There was no communication ahead of time, which was the big thorn in my side because I had taken off from my full time job.

    That said, 2 of my friends got jobs in other locations, and they are hiring A LOT throughout the year. I’m still planning on taking the test when the offer it again, and hopefully we’ll have more traction at that time. The website does include all the info you need, including a practice test. If you’re a college grad, and have some previous management experience, you might try taking the manager’s test as well.

  2. I am interested in employment opportunities, live in northern California, and would be excited to learn more. Thankyou,

    Terry L.Conley

  3. Dave Kaiser says:

    I took the test on the West Coast of Florida in Dec. 2009 and my wife is taking it today.

    I happened to hear on TV that they were giving the test yesterday and went right to the city building where they were giving it. Information on the jobs and the forms are at: Note: There is an actual example of the test at this site, with answers, if you go through this before you go it will help. I did not know this BEFORE I went, the examiner mentioned it.

    I was expecting a long line of people, but the whole procedure was very smooth–except that a lot of the people asked the Census Bureau hiring and test-giving ridiculous and time-consuming questions. I estimate the questions took more than an hour.

    It is important to make sure you ONE have a photo ID which can be a driver’s license, voters registration card AND Social Security Card–the original SS card is MANDATORY. Several people could not take the test because they did not have their SS card.

    The Census Bureau employees were all very efficient and patient–even though the applicants were not and dragged out the procedure for hours. When I signed in the employee said the next test would be in 20 minutes, it was actually an hours and a half, basically because the applicants slowed down the entire process.

  4. cheryl says:

    I took the test, it was easy. I signed up with them about five months ago and was called today for training starting April 26. I hope it works out because I am in need of employment. Good luck to everyone but don’t stress the test.

  5. William Armenta says:

    Good Morning; Quickly, I just want to mention that I was unemployed before I got hired by the US Census. This job, although temporary, is lots of fun to do. As an enumerator, I have gotten to know my area better, met with very nice people most of the time, some not so nice. But it has been a wonderful experience for me, to bad it has to end for me in about 3 weeks. I am trying to find a year round job with the US Census, I really believe this is one of the coolest places to work. I do not have a college degree, two years of college is what I have, but I am willing to do any training needed to secure a full-time job. Thanks

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