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$15 per hour: Census 2020 brings new jobs

Updated: May 10



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By Melissa Javorsky


Every 10 years, the U.S. conducts a nationwide census. Therefore, 2020 has brought not only a new decade, but the need for a new census.


On Jan. 22, Census recruiters came to Southwestern Oklahoma State University in Weatherford to inform students on the importance of the Census as well as the need for employees.


Susan Hewitt, the recruiting manager for the Oklahoma area census office, encouraged students to apply for the upcoming census and mentioned that students can apply either online or through their phone.


“Please apply, [students] can go online or text ‘oklahomajobs’ to 313131 on their phones,” Hewitt said. “It’s a great benefit by helping your community, working around their own schedules. The hours are flexible, and the pay is $15 per hour. It looks so good on a resume.”


The position recruiters were mainly seeking to fill was that of field workers. These are the people that follow-up on census surveys and go door-to-door collecting information from people in their surrounding community.


Furthermore, this position is considered federal employment. Once census takers have completed all of their tasks assigned by their overseeing manager, they will be allowed to apply for other federal government jobs that are denied to the public.


The political science department at SWOSU will be offering internship credits for any student who gets hired. Therefore, students could potentially be earning college credits while making $15 per hour and creating their own work schedule.


For more information or to apply online, visit www.2020census.gov/jobs or call 1-855-562-2020.

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