Preparations for the 2020 census include a push from the U.S. Census Bureau to hire more than half a million workers nationwide. The bureau has tens of thousands of positions in Arizona alone, according to Southern Arizona partnership coordinator Tammy Parise. Parise discussed job opportunities and what residents should expect when surveying begins.
“For the first time in history we have multiple options for response. And we will go online for the first time. Or another option is by telephone response, where the household will call the bureau as opposed to us calling back to the households,” Parise said. “And ultimately, for those who still prefer the paper questionnaire, that will still be available as well.”
The U.S. Census Bureau wants to hire 57,000 temporary employees to help conduct the census. Hourly pay ranges from $13 to $19.50, depending on the county, according to Parise. She said the application process takes about half an hour and can be done online here.