Meeting, Convention, and Event Planners

Coordinate activities of staff, convention personnel, or clients to make arrangements for group meetings, events, or conventions.

Median Annual Wage: $46,490

Education: Bachelor's degree (48%); Associate's degree (29%); Some college, no degree (15%)

Projected Growth: Much faster than average (22% or higher)

Related Job Titles: Convention Services Manager (CSM); Conference Planning Manager; Conference Services Manager; Catering Manager; Events Manager; Conference Planner; Director of Conference Services; Conference Manager; Director of Events; Event Manager

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Source: O*NET OnLine information for Meeting, Convention, and Event Planners.

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  • Confer with staff at a chosen event site to coordinate details.
  • Inspect event facilities to ensure that they conform to customer requirements.
  • Coordinate services for events, such as accommodation and transportation for participants, facilities, catering, signage, displays, special needs requirements, printing and event security.
  • Consult with customers to determine objectives and requirements for events such as meetings, conferences, and conventions.
  • Review event bills for accuracy, and approve payment.
  • Meet with sponsors and organizing committees to plan scope and format of events, to establish and monitor budgets, or to review administrative procedures and event progress.
  • Evaluate and select providers of services according to customer requirements.
  • Arrange the availability of audio-visual equipment, transportation, displays, and other event needs.
  • Plan and develop programs, agendas, budgets, and services according to customer requirements.
  • Negotiate contracts with such service providers and suppliers as hotels, convention centers, and speakers.
  • Maintain records of event aspects, including financial details.
  • Conduct post-event evaluations to determine how future events could be improved.

Source: O*NET OnLine information for Meeting, Convention, and Event Planners.

  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
  • Time Management - Managing one's own time and the time of others.
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Coordination - Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
  • Service Orientation - Actively looking for ways to help people.
  • Social Perceptiveness - Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
  • Judgment and Decision Making - Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
  • Monitoring - Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.

Source: O*NET OnLine information for Meeting, Convention, and Event Planners.

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