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Meeting, Convention, and Event Planners

Meeting, Convention, and Event Planners
Quick Facts : Meeting, Convention, and Event Planners*
2010 Median Pay$45,260
Entry Level EducationBachelor's degree
Work Experience in Related OccupationNone
Number of Jobs, 201271,600
Job Outlook44% (Much faster than average)
Employment Change31,300


Meeting, convention, and event planners take care of putting together and coordinating all aspects of professional meetings and events. Whether it is a wedding, educational conference, or business convention, meetings and events bring people together for a common purpose. They are trusted with deciding the best places, transportation methods, and other relevant details that need to be handled to make the event be as organized as possible.

What Meeting, Convention, and Event Planners Do

  • Meet with clients to understand the purpose of the meeting or event
  • Plan the scope of the event, including time, location, program, and cost
  • Solicit bids from places and service providers (for example, florists or photographers)
  • Inspect places to ensure they meet the client's requirements
  • Coordinate event services such as rooms, transportation, and food service

Work Environment

Meeting, convention, and event planners spend most of their time in offices. During meetings and events, they work on-site at hotels or convention centers, and they often travel to attend events and to visit prospective meeting sites. Many work more than 40 hours per week, especially during major events.
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Job Outlook

Employment of meeting, convention, and event planners is expected to grow 44 percent from 2010 to 2020 as businesses and organizations become increasingly international, meetings and conventions are expected to become even more important.
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Pay

The average salary of meeting, convention, and event planners in May 2010 was $45,260.
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Meeting, Convention, and Event Planners*
Average Annual Salary, May 2010

Meeting, Convention, and Event Planners

45260

Finance Occupations

59143.0435

All Jobs in the U.S.

52312.5223
Meeting, Convention, and Event Planners*
Percent Change in Employment

Meeting, Convention, and Event Planners

43.7151

Finance Occupations

18.39732977618342

All Jobs in the U.S.

15.767561808929724

Becoming a Meeting, Convention, and Event Planners

Many employers prefer applicants who have a bachelor's degree and related work experience in hotels or planning. The proportion of planners with a bachelor's degree is increasing because work responsibilities are becoming more complex and because there are more college degree programs.
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