Meeting, Convention, and Event Planners

What do they do?

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

Also known as:

Catering and Convention Services Manager, Catering Director, Conference Manager, Conference Planner, Conference Planning Manager, Conference Services Director, Conference Services Manager, Convention Services Director, Convention Services Manager (CSM), Event Coordinator, Event Manager, Events Director, Events Manager, Meeting Planner, Special Events Coordinator, Special Events Director

Typical Wages

Annual wages for Meeting, Convention, and Event Planners in United States

Projected Growth Rate

Employment of Meeting, Convention, and Event Planners is projected to grow 16 percent from 2016 to 2026, much faster than average compared to all occupations.

Projected Employment

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Projected Employment Rankings For Virginia:

  • 16.9%

    Percent Change

    Ranks #11 in job growth rate
  • 600

    Annual Projected Job Openings

    Ranks #6 in net job growth

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Education Level

  • Doctorate or Professional Degree (1.7%)
  • Master's degree (13%)
  • Bachelor's degree (50.5%)
  • Associate's degree (6.4%)
  • Some college, no degree (17.2%)
  • High school diploma equivalent (8.7%)
  • Less than high school diploma (2.5%)

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Skills

People in this career often have these skills:

  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
  • Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Social Perceptiveness - Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
  • Coordination - Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
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Knowledge

People in this career often know a lot about:

  • Customer and Personal Service - Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • Communications and Media - Knowledge of media production, communication, and dissemination techniques and methods. This includes alternative ways to inform and entertain via written, oral, and visual media.
  • Clerical - Knowledge of administrative and clerical procedures and systems such as word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office procedures and terminology.
  • Administration and Management - Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.

Abilities

People in this career often have talent in:

  • Oral Comprehension - The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
  • Written Comprehension - The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
  • Oral Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
  • Written Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.
  • Speech Recognition - The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.
  • Problem Sensitivity - The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
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Activities: what you might do in a day

People in this career often do these activities:

  • Correspond with customers to answer questions or resolve complaints.
  • Verify accuracy of records.
  • Authorize financial actions.
  • Organize special events.
  • Confer with personnel to coordinate business operations.
  • Inspect facilities or equipment to ensure specifications are met.
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This page includes data from:

O*NET OnLine Career data: O*NET 24.1 Database by the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration (“USDOL/ETA”). Used under the CC BY 4.0 license. O*NET® is a trademark of USDOL/ETA

Occupation statistics: USDOL U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Employment Statistics

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