If you love to talk to people, take advantage of paid training, flexible hours and make $20.50/hour as a U.S. Census taker in 2020. Here's how to apply.

It's a once-in-a-decade opportunity. Sure, there are downsides: you have to go door-to-door and some people are not always so friendly to strangers or government types that want to take away their tin-foil hats, but if you can fill in the circles with a #2 pencil, you can make $20.50 an hour helping with the 2020 Census.

The census "is mandated by Article I, Section 2 of the Constitution and takes place every 10 years. The data collected by the decennial census determine the number of seats each state has in the U.S. House of Representatives and is also used to distribute billions in federal funds to local communities."

The census tells us who we are and where we are going as a nation, and helps our communities determine where to build everything from schools to supermarkets, and from homes to hospitals. It helps the government decide how to distribute funds and assistance to states and localities. It is also used to draw the lines of legislative districts and reapportion the seats each State holds in Congress.



For the specifics on the jobs available, you can check out the frequently asked questions. There are no surprises here, the assignments are temporary and the work schedule is flexible, as you are required to talk to people when they are at home: mostly nights and weekends. It takes about 30 minutes to fill out an application and a background check complete with fingerprinting is required. If you pass all that, you're in the clear and set to rake in the dough and help the good ol' U. S. of A.

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