Information About Meeting And Convention Planners

What is this career like?

Events organizers are required in a variety of industries including charities, marketing agencies and large commercial organizations. This is a high pressure job, working to deadlines and may involve evening and weekend work. You will be organizing the event, marketing it, booking entertainment, liaising with the venue and problem solving.

The type of events that you could be organizing include:

  • Conferences
  • Exhibitions
  • PR events
  • Fundraising events for charity
  • Promotional events


Personal skills:
The ability to communicate well, get on with other people and put them at ease is vital. Strong organizational skills, a creative mind and attention to detail will be important. You will need a certain amount of knowledge of the industry that you work in as you will be expected to make small talk with delegates. Having strong presentation skills can also be useful as you may be need to make speeches at the events that you organize.

Training

Meeting and convention planners need bachelor's degree.

Degrees for Meeting and convention planners
Training for Meeting And Convention Planners
Percent
Less than High School 1.0
High School 10.4
Some College 19.7
Associates Degree 10.2
Bachelors Degree 48.8
Masters Degree 8.8
Doctorate or Professional Degree 1.2

Employment

Represents about 56,000 people in the United States- 5.9% of which are self-employed

Employment prospects are up Over the next 5 years there will be aproximately 8,000 more meeting and convention planners but, because of expected growth and replacement needs in the United States, we will need 21,000 more.


Hourly Income

On average, meeting and convention planners make $23.96 per hour.

Hourly Income Distribution in U.S. Dollars ($)
Bottom 10% Bottom 25% Median Top 75% Top 90%
Meeting and convention planners $13.10 $17.00 $22.10 $28.90 $37.70
Business and financial operations occupations $16.70 $21.90 $29.60 $40.10 $52.90
National Average $8.65 $10.70 $16.50 $26.60 $41.00

Annual Salaries

On average, meeting and convention planners make $49,840 per year.

Annual Salary Distribution in U.S. Dollars ($)
Bottom 10% Bottom 25% Median Top 75% Top 90%
Meeting and convention planners $27,410 $35,470 $46,020 $60,100 $78,530
Business and financial operations occupations $34,770 $45,750 $61,700 $83,450 $110,040
National Average $18,000 $22,380 $34,460 $55,470 $85,280

This data is from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Employment Statistics

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