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United States Census

2010 Census Employment Opportunities

1-866-861-2010/FedRelay, 1-800-877-8339 TTY

Interview and Testing Information


To Apply:

  • Call the U.S. Census Office at 1-866-861-2010 for additional information on how to apply and where you can schedule a testing date.
  • You must bring two forms of identification to the "Testing Session".  You can obtain the list of acceptable documents for identification from the Form I-9 Employment Eligibility Verification.  You cannot get beyond the test for an interview without the proper forms of identification.
  • You must be on time for the "Testing Session".  The test runs for approximately 30 minutes!


For additional information, call the Student Employment Services Office at (757) 822-7228.

Every ten years, a census of our population is conducted.  The results help determine how federal funds are spent in your community on things like roads, parks, and other public services, as well as your representation in government. 

As a census taker, you will help to make sure that everyone in your community is counted.  These are temporary positions and most positions require a driver’s license and use of a vehicle:


Salary - Per Hour

Census Takers (Enumerators)
$13.00 hr.
Census Crew Leaders
$14.40 hr.
Census Crew Leader Assistants
$13.00 hr.
Recruiting Assistants
$14.50 hr.
Census Clerks
$9.75 hr.

Work Hours:  Work anywhere from 25 to 40 hours a week - flexible work hours. These positions require interviewing the public, so you must be available to work when people are usually at home, such as in the evening and on weekends.


You May Qualify If:  You are a U.S. Citizen; you are a legal permanent resident, or non-citizen with an appropriate work visa, and you possess a bilingual skill for which there are no available qualified U.S. citizens; you are at least 18 years old; you have a valid driver’s license; you take a written test of basic math; you pass a background check; you commit to four days of training.  You will be paid for this training at your regular hourly rate.  Training will be held during daytime hours or during evening and weekend hours.  Note:  Males born after December 31, 1959 must be registered with Selective Service. 

About the Test:  The employment test consists of 28 multiple-choice questions designed to measure the skills and abilities required to perform a variety of census jobs, such as:  clerical skills; reading skills; number skills; interpreting information and evaluating alternative; organizational skills.  In some areas, the test may be given in Spanish, upon request.  These applicants must also take and pass an English proficiency test.  You will have 30 minutes to complete the test.  You may retake the test on a different day if you would like to improve your score.

Testing Session:  You must bring 2 forms of identification to the testing session. You will see the list when you sign up for the Interview/Test!

When Will You Be Hired?:  Due to the nature of census work, a large number of people apply and take the employment test.  However, not everyone who is qualified will be hired.  Job offers depend on the availability of work within each community, test scores, and other qualifications.  Only applicants who are being considered for a census job will be called.