A little more than a year from now, the big count will be underway. About nine-thousand people will be hired to conduct the the 2010 census in Missouri. Hiring is underway for the recruiters who will find those nine-thousand people and for office managers. The recruiting assistants being hired now will have a chance to move up to managerial jobs as more offices open. Regional census director Dennis Johnson says salaries will range from 24-thousand to 60-thousand dollars. He calls the hiring of census workers "the largest nonmilitary mobilization of the work force in the history of the United States."
Field worker-hiring is not far off. Johnson says those people will use new technology next year when they go around verifying addresses and address locations so the census questionnaires will get to the right places.
Johnson says the census bureau is in the process of opening offices in Kansas City, St. Louis and Springfield. But recruiters will be operating throughout the state letting potential workers apply closer to their homes.