More than 100,000 of those will be recruited here in Illinois. That's good news for many unemployed people in need of work.
Susan Valaskovic is one of the census bureau's recruiters and she stopped by ABC7 News Sunday Morning to spell out the opportunities for Chicago area residents.
* Most positions are for census takers and field operations. Hourly pay ranges between $11.50 and $18.25.
* Assignment duration and work schedule vary by geographic area, depending on need. Some positions may require working evenings and weekends.
* Most positions will run two to six weeks, with a part-time schedule of 20 to 40 hours per week.
* Most jobs require U.S. citizenship, a driver's license, use of a vehicle and the ability to go door-to-door to interview residents. Employees will be reimbursed for mileage and expenses.
* Bilingual candidates are strongly encouraged to apply. In some areas, non-citizens may be hired to fill a language need. All applicants must speak, read and write English.
* Applicants must be at least 18 years of age, have a valid social security number and pass a background check.
* Males born after 12/31/59 must confirm registration with the Selective Service System (www.sss.gov).
* Applicants must complete a 30-minute basic skills test consisting of 28 multiple choice questions.
* Tests are also available in Spanish, but candidates who take the test in Spanish must pass an English proficiency exam.
* Additional information regarding positions, applications forms and practice tests may be found online at www.2010censusjobs.gov. For testing times and locations, call toll-free 1-866-861-2010.
The US Census Bureau does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, age, membership in an employee organization, or other non-merit factors.