The census is a count of everyone living in the United States every 10 years. The next census will be conducted in 2010.
The census is mandated by the U.S. Constitution, and your participation in the census is required by law. Federal law protects the personal information you share during the census for 72 years. Genealogists frequently use census data, but that is not the purpose of this expensive operation. Census data is used to distribute Congressional seats to states, to make decisions about what community services to provide, and to distribute $300 billion in federal funds to local, state, and tribal governments each year.
Conducting the census is a huge undertaking. Thousands of census takers are needed to update address lists and conduct interviews with community residents.
Area residents can apply to earn good weekly pay, enjoy flexible hours, and be part of an historic opportunity to serve their communities. While most recruiting for 2009 field operations has ended, limited recruiting continues in select areas. While some temporary census jobs will be available over the next several months, most hiring will be in the next two months. Efforts to recruit for peak census operations will resume in the fall of 2009.
The census needs enumerators as well as many other positions. The 2010 Census offers excellent opportunities for people in many walks of life:
- Full-Time Workers
- Job Seekers
- Students and Grads
- Community Leaders
Applicants will be hired from almost every community and are selected based on the hiring needs of each particular area. Qualified applicants are contacted to work as Census jobs become available.
I would suspect that genealogists would make excellent, highly-motivated employees. The job application process begins at http://2010.census.gov/2010censusjobs.