Summer Olympics and Paralympic Games Jobs

Before the COVID-19 virus, the world is now marching towards the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. But, in late March 2020, Japan Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and International Olympic Committee president Thomas Bach agreed to postpone the Tokyo 2020 Olympics by about one year. The new dates will be July 23 – August 8, 2021.

The Summer Olympics are perhaps the most iconic of the Olympic games. Since the first summer games in Athens, Greece in 1896, the Winter, Paralympic, and Youth games have been added, making the Summer Olympics the first and arguably the most popular of the Olympic games.

The Summer Olympics were most Recently Held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

The 2016 Summer Olympics and Paralympics were held in Rio. Since 1988, the Paralympics has been held in the same year and location as the Summer Olympics and so the 2016 Paralympics games were also held in Rio.

Click here to access the official webpage of the 2021 Summer and Paralympics Games to be held in Tokyo, Japan.

Planning for the Summer Olympics can take as long as nine years because of all the planning, scheduling, raising money, and organization an event of this magnitude entails. As such, Tokyo had been planning and preparing for the games for years, with plenty of work still to do. This means there are a wealth of jobs available for full-time, part-time, temporary, and volunteer workers who want to be involved in the Summer Games.

Summer Olympic and Paralympics Jobs

The Summer Games is put on by two key organizations, The Organizing Committee, and the Olympic Delivery Authority. Take a closer look at the two best avenues for finding jobs with the Summer Olympics in addition to a number of volunteer opportunities.

Organizing Committee

The Tokyo Organizing Committee of the Olympic and Paralympics Games is the primary organization responsible for planning the 2021 games. During the games, it is estimated that 100,000 people, including 70,000 volunteers, 3,000 permanent staff members, and a large number of contractors will be employed through the committee.

In the years leading up to the Tokyo games, there will be a large number of jobs available. Some of the best work opportunities for the Summer Games can be accessed through the official website. Many of these jobs are contract positions while others represent full-time employment. Because of the scale of the Olympics, it is impossible to list every kind of job available, but finance, planning, security, event management, recruitment directors, volunteer coordinators, crowd safety managers, sponsor liaisons, and IT crew are just a few of the paid positions now available.

To apply keep an eye on the official Olympics website. All types of jobs and positions are listed, with descriptions, job qualifications, and job information.


The 2016 Olympic Games were successful not only because of the many employees who work to make it possible but because nearly 70,000 volunteers dedicate their time to the pre-planning and execution of the Olympics.

Working as a volunteer is an excellent way to gain event job experience and contribute to one of the most significant sporting events in history.

Volunteer positions are available in a variety of different areas. Language services, technology, press operations, transport, sport and medical are just to name a few. There are even volunteer opportunities for families in the London area to offer up their homes and extra bedrooms to house athletes who will be traveling to the region for the games. A full Volunteer Program, including training for volunteers, will be launched well in advance of the 2021 games.

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