Event Planners


Overview

Introduction

The duties of event planners are varied, and may include establishing a site for an event; making travel, hotel, and food arrangements; and planning the program and overseeing the registration. The planner may be responsible for all of the negotiating, planning, and coordinating for a major worldwide convention, or the planner may be involved with a small, in-house meeting involving only a few people. Event planners also organize virtual conferences. Some professional associations, government agencies, nonprofit organizations, polit...

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Median Salary

$49,370

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Employment Prospects

Good

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Minimum Education Level

High School Diploma


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Experience

Internship, volunteering, or part-time experience


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Skills

Business Management


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Personality Traits

Hands On

Earnings

Meeting and convention planners earned median annual salaries of $49,370 in May 2018, according to the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL). The lowest 10 percent earned less than $27,560, and the highest 10 percent earned more than $84,900. The DOL reports the following mean annual salaries for meeting and convention planners by industry: business, professional, labor, political, and similar organiz...

Work Environment

Work environments vary with the planner's title and job responsibilities, but generally planners can expect to work in a business setting as part of a team. Usually, the planner's initial planning work is done in a clean environment with modern equipment prior to the opening of a convention or trade show. Working in convention and trade show environments, however, can be noisy, crowded, and dis...

Outlook

Employment of meeting, convention, and event planners is projected to grow 7 percent through 2028, faster than the average for all occupations, according to the U.S. Department of Labor. The introduction of new technology and the growth of international business have enabled more meetings to take place than ever before. Telecommunications technology, which can sometimes take the place of confer...

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