Reporting by WVUA 23’s Lacey Beasley

At $15 an hour, Tuscaloosa residents could have a job conducting the 2020 census.

Soon, census representatives will be knocking on residents’ doors. It’s to the residents’ benefit to fill out the census since it helps Alabama’s grants, funding and representation. Recruiters visited Shelton State Community College this week to tell students about the census job opportunities.

“Shelton is extremely excited for our involvement with the census,” said Kevin Windham, student support specialist at Shelton State. “We’re going to join the community. We’re going to invite the community. We’re going to be a hub for the census.”

The role of a census taker is to interview household residents and update addresses. Workers are paid weekly, including training and gas mileage. Hours are flexible. If you are a student, the census will work around your work schedule.

One student said she is most interested in this opportunity because of the pay every week.

“Fifteen dollars and hour being a student, you know, we [have]not much time, you know, to do other stuff, but talking to them, it’s something I signed up for and will look into,” said Deedie Bennett, a student at Shelton State.

The census is expecting 2 million applicants, and 500,000 are expected to receive jobs. Jobs will be offered through April. Census-taking begins mid-March and continues through July.

Applications and requirements can be found at 2020census.gov/jobs. Interested applicants can also call 1-855-JOB-2020 for more information. Anyone over the age of 18 is encouraged to apply.

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