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Meeting and Event Planners


Education

What’s Needed: Many employers seek candidates with a bachelor’s degree in a field such as public relations marketing communications hospitality management or business. The number of meeting and event planners with a bachelor’s degree is increasing due to the work responsibilities becoming more complex. Some colleges provide continuing education classes in meeting and event planning. Some schools offers event planning certificate programs.

What you study:

  • Venue selection
  • Contract negotiations
  • Audio visual technologies
  • Corporate event planning
  • Special events
  • Event production
  • Cost control


Video Overview

A brief review of what business planning work involves. Created for the US Dept. of Labor.


A Day in the Life

You’ll need to be flexible because problems often occur that could make last-minute changes.

Meeting and event planners as the name suggests plan events such as conventions business meetings professional conferences sales meetings weddings and more. As a meeting and event planner you’ll organize all aspects of meetings and events you’re overseeing. During a typical day you’ll be dealing with several clients making telephone calls sending faxes and emails and dealing with vendors.

You’ll visit prospective locations for the event. You’ll spend a lot of your time reviewing proposals and contracts and negotiating with suppliers. You’ll need to be flexible because problems may occur with vendors or a client could make last-minute changes.

You’ll be dealing with several clients and vendors making telephone calls sending faxes and emails.

Whether your self-employed working for a meeting and events planning business or working for a hotel or a convention center you’ll typically work directly with a client to determine his needs and learn his expectations. You’ll make suggestions to ensure the meeting or event runs smoothly. You’ll also work with the client to create a timeline and a budget and to learn about all the details of the meeting or event.

Whether its a professional conference a wedding reception or an important sales meeting you’ll have to figure out the requirements for space telecommunications print and Web-based materials food and beverages transportation lodging and audio-visual requirements. You may need to hire a photographer and book speakers. You’ll check to see if any permits or licenses are required to hold the event.

On the day of the event you’ll oversee everything.

On the day of the conference convention or meeting you’ll oversee everything. During the event you may manage schedules oversee vendors monitor activities take care of inquiries find out if the client needs anything and oversee all the logistics. For conferences and conventions you may register guests before the event begins.

As a meeting and event planner you’ll do you’re best to make sure nothing goes wrong but if there is a problem you’ll likely have to take care of it. After the conference wedding reception convention or business meeting is completed you’ll make sure the client is satisfied make sure the cleanup is completed and tie up any loose ends. As a meeting and event planner you’ll also review vendor invoices and approve them for payment.


Certifications and Licensing

Meeting and event planners are not required to have certification however the Convention Industry Council provides the Certified Meeting Professional (CMP) credential for meeting and convention planners. The widely recognized credential may help meeting and event planners advance in their careers. Candidates are required to have at least three years of meeting management experience continuing education credits and recent employment in a meeting management position.

The Society of Government Meeting Professionals provides the Certified Government Meeting Professional (CGMP) credential for meeting planners who work for or have contracts with local state and federal government agencies.


Job Flexibility

Full-time versus part-time: Meeting and event planners work full-time and part-time. They work for meeting and event planning businesses convention centers and hotels. Some meeting and event planners are self-employed. They often work more than eight hours a day.

Work location: Meeting and convention planners set up events at company headquarters hotels and convention centers.


Recommended Websites

  • The Convention Industry Council provides the Certified Meeting Professional (CMP) credential. The council also provides important information about standards and practices including event specifications and contracts. The Convention Industry Council also provides research information.
  • The Professional Convention Management Association provides an education portal which includes educational products various services and education programs including online learning. The association hosts a variety of events for meeting professionals at all career levels. The Professional Convention Management Association also provides exam preparation for the Certified Meeting Professional exam. The career center provided job lists and information about internship opportunities.
  • Meeting Professionals International the major worldwide association for meeting and event professionals provides job lists. Meeting Professionals International also provides education programs such a global training practice. The CMM program covers the strategy and business aspects of an event.
  • The Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Handbook provides an array of information about meeting and event planners.


Salaries by City

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State City / Region Typical Salary Salary Range Job Count % of All Jobs
AK Anchorage $50950 $31K – $98K 70 0.04%
AL Birmingham – Hoover $43740 $27K – $92K 170 0.04%
AL Huntsville $68240 $31K – $90K N/A N/A
AL Montgomery $37080 $26K – $60K 30 0.02%
AL Tuscaloosa $37730 $17K – $79K 40 0.05%
AR Fayetteville – Springdale – Rogers $35110 $19K – $72K 50 0.03%
AR Little Rock – North Little Rock – Conway $39420 $21K – $60K 100 0.03%
AZ Flagstaff $37860 $31K – $47K 50 0.09%
AZ Phoenix – Mesa – Glendale $47230 $31K – $76K 1200 0.07%
AZ Prescott $35730 $22K – $60K 40 0.07%
AZ Tucson $46140 $30K – $73K 240 0.07%
CA Bakersfield – Delano $57040 $32K – $94K 30 0.01%
CA Fresno $36190 $22K – $66K 90 0.03%
CA Los Angeles – Long Beach – Glendale (Metro Area) $51250 $28K – $82K 1840 0.05%
CA Modesto $38330 $21K – $77K 60 0.04%
CA Napa $46380 $32K – $79K 70 0.11%
CA Oakland – Fremont – Hayward (Metro Area) $54090 $31K – $108K 560 0.06%
CA Oxnard – Thousand Oaks – Ventura $50930 $38K – $72K 130 0.05%
CA Riverside – San Bernardino – Ontario $42530 $23K – $75K 400 0.03%
CA Sacramento – Arden – Arcade – Roseville $47100 $32K – $70K 440 0.05%
CA Salinas $51060 $38K – $83K 110 0.07%
CA San Diego – Carlsbad – San Marcos $44870 $21K – $79K 930 0.07%
CA San Francisco – San Mateo – Redwood City (Metro Area) $61120 $30K – $99K 1160 0.12%
CA San Jose – Sunnyvale – Santa Clara $54500 $38K – $84K 700 0.08%
CA Santa Ana – Anaheim – Irvine (Metro Area) $49110 $33K – $77K 680 0.05%
CA Santa Barbara – Santa Maria – Goleta $58440 $33K – $97K 100 0.06%
CA Santa Cruz – Watsonville $45900 $32K – $74K 40 0.05%
CA Santa Rosa – Petaluma $41900 $30K – $71K 110 0.07%
CA Vallejo – Fairfield $38770 $23K – $67K 30 0.03%
CO Boulder $52230 $31K – $87K 160 0.10%
CO Colorado Springs $38840 $19K – $58K N/A N/A
CO Denver – Aurora – Broomfield $45200 $23K – $80K 990 0.08%
CO Fort Collins – Loveland $44890 $26K – $64K 90 0.07%
CT Bridgeport – Stamford – Norwalk $54490 $29K – $113K 150 0.04%
CT Hartford – West Hartford – East Hartford $47020 $34K – $75K 140 0.03%
CT New Haven $45980 $33K – $85K 80 0.03%
CT Norwich – New London $45210 $33K – $76K 70 0.05%
DC Washington – Arlington – Alexandria (Metro Area) $59260 $34K – $96K 5100 0.22%
DE Wilmington (Metro Area) $46050 $33K – $68K 160 0.05%
FL Cape Coral – Fort Myers $43570 $32K – $82K 70 0.03%
FL Deltona – Daytona Beach – Ormond Beach $47540 $32K – $76K 60 0.04%
FL Fort Lauderdale – Pompano Beach – Deerfield Beach (Metro Area) $57980 $27K – $75K 490 0.07%
FL Gainesville $44300 $29K – $73K 50 0.04%
FL Jacksonville $39250 $23K – $77K 280 0.05%
FL Miami – Miami Beach – Kendall (Metro Area) $45550 $30K – $76K 610 0.06%
FL Naples – Marco Island $52090 $31K – $71K 40 0.03%
FL North Port – Bradenton – Sarasota $38550 $30K – $59K 90 0.04%
FL Orlando – Kissimmee – Sanford $45910 $27K – $80K 650 0.06%
FL Palm Bay – Melbourne – Titusville $35410 $17K – $59K 70 0.03%
FL Panama City – Lynn Haven – Panama City Beach $34050 $30K – $38K 30 0.04%
FL Pensacola – Ferry Pass – Brent $33210 $17K – $46K 50 0.03%
FL Tallahassee $37030 $19K – $62K 160 0.10%
FL Tampa – St. Petersburg – Clearwater $45340 $27K – $76K 350 0.03%
FL West Palm Beach – Boca Raton – Boynton Beach (Metro Area) $46950 $31K – $69K 290 0.06%
GA Atlanta – Sandy Springs – Marietta $44550 $26K – $77K 1690 0.07%
GA Augusta – Richmond County $40470 $28K – $58K 40 0.02%
GA Columbus $51870 $32K – $94K 30 0.03%
GA Savannah $42810 $26K – $71K 120 0.08%
HI Honolulu $50930 $32K – $83K 300 0.07%
IA Cedar Rapids $39620 $29K – $69K 40 0.03%
IA Des Moines – West Des Moines $46300 $30K – $68K 100 0.03%
ID Boise City – Nampa $36460 $19K – $59K 100 0.04%
IL Champaign – Urbana $43590 $25K – $67K N/A N/A
IL Chicago – Joliet – Naperville (Metro Area) $44380 $22K – $81K 2300 0.06%
IL Lake County – Kenosha County (Metro Area) $38190 $22K – $86K 230 0.06%
IL Peoria $45200 $39K – $70K N/A N/A
IL Springfield $39040 $19K – $57K N/A N/A
IN Evansville $38900 $28K – $50K 80 0.05%
IN Fort Wayne $36340 $29K – $46K 50 0.03%
IN Gary (Metro Area) $35920 $25K – $54K 40 0.02%
IN Indianapolis – Carmel $42020 $28K – $70K 510 0.06%
IN South Bend – Mishawaka $41690 $28K – $84K 40 0.03%
KS Lawrence $39260 $19K – $48K 80 0.17%
KS Topeka $35100 $26K – $49K 50 0.05%
KS Wichita $31740 $18K – $50K 80 0.03%
KY Lexington – Fayette $37760 $22K – $54K 190 0.08%
KY Louisville – Jefferson County $42510 $27K – $77K 250 0.04%
LA Baton Rouge $38810 $26K – $61K 80 0.02%
LA New Orleans – Metairie – Kenner $46140 $32K – $65K 400 0.08%
LA Shreveport – Bossier City $49500 $36K – $84K 30 0.02%
MA Barnstable Town $47720 $27K – $60K 50 0.05%
MA Boston – Cambridge – Quincy (Metro Area) $57130 $35K – $93K 1270 0.07%
MA Brockton – Bridgewater – Easton (Metro Area) $52730 $33K – $73K 50 0.05%
MA Framingham (Metro Area) $62090 $41K – $88K 170 0.11%
MA Lowell – Billerica – Chelmsford (Metro Area) $65340 $38K – $92K 60 0.05%
MA Springfield $43330 $20K – $97K 90 0.03%
MA Worcester $45330 $30K – $90K 80 0.03%
MD Baltimore – Towson $41530 $26K – $71K 820 0.07%
MD Bethesda – Rockville – Frederick (Metro Area) $60310 $34K – $95K 660 0.12%
MD Hagerstown – Martinsburg $34930 $26K – $50K N/A N/A
ME Portland – South Portland – Biddeford $39570 $28K – $55K 110 0.06%
MI Ann Arbor $45050 $31K – $70K 160 0.08%
MI Battle Creek $36020 $25K – $96K 40 0.07%
MI Detroit – Livonia – Dearborn (Metro Area) $45250 $24K – $78K 260 0.04%
MI Flint $43410 $28K – $134K 30 0.02%
MI Grand Rapids – Wyoming $48760 $24K – $73K 150 0.04%
MI Kalamazoo – Portage $38760 $22K – $59K 30 0.03%
MI Lansing – East Lansing $44560 $31K – $78K 90 0.04%
MI Warren – Troy – Farmington Hills (Metro Area) $38790 $17K – $69K 340 0.03%
MN Duluth $38690 $26K – $58K $30K – $72K 1240 0.07%
MO Jefferson City $37920 $31K – $66K 30 0.04%
MO Kansas City $43140 $28K – $65K 730 0.08%
MO St. Louis $41210 $26K – $63K 720 0.06%
MS Gulfport – Biloxi $35950 $26K – $59K 50 0.05%
MS Jackson $39710 $26K – $57K 100 0.04%
MT Billings $27530 $20K – $45K 50 0.06%
MT Missoula $34930 $22K – $58K 60 0.10%
NC Asheville N/A N/A – N/A 70 0.04%
NC Charlotte – Gastonia – Rock Hill $40850 $27K – $66K 520 0.06%
NC Durham – Chapel Hill $56500 $32K – $93K 370 0.14%
NC Fayetteville $29200 $21K – $49K 30 0.03%
NC Greensboro – High Point $40780 $28K – $58K 100 0.03%
NC Raleigh – Cary $42100 $27K – $98K 300 0.06%
NC Wilmington $36510 $29K – $51K 40 0.03%
NC Winston – Salem $48180 $31K – $73K 70 0.03%
ND Fargo $34760 $22K – $69K 90 0.07%
NE Lincoln $44570 $34K – $59K 40 0.03%
NE Omaha – Council Bluffs $39630 $26K – $72K 130 0.03%
NH Nashua (Metro Area) $38610 $29K – $61K 40 0.03%
NJ Atlantic City – Hammonton $50660 $39K – $73K 100 0.07%
NJ Camden (Metro Area) $52760 $35K – $82K 160 0.03%
NJ Edison – New Brunswick (Metro Area) $55340 $35K – $89K 450 0.05%
NJ Newark – Union (Metro Area) $58510 $39K – $101K 520 0.05%
NJ Trenton – Ewing $48410 $40K – $76K 120 0.05%
NM Albuquerque $44470 $32K – $89K 90 0.02%
NM Santa Fe $47020 $29K – $70K 30 0.05%
NV Las Vegas – Paradise $45450 $31K – $75K 630 0.08%
NV Reno – Sparks $46320 $28K – $59K 110 0.06%
NY Albany – Schenectady – Troy $42760 $31K – $66K 300 0.07%
NY Buffalo – Niagara Falls $37130 $29K – $51K 250 0.05%
NY Ithaca $41800 $30K – $58K 70 0.14%
NY Kingston $50630 $18K – $94K 60 0.11%
NY Nassau – Suffolk (Metro Area) $52110 $28K – $95K 510 0.04%
NY New York – White Plains – Wayne (Metro Area) $55870 $32K – $94K 5680 0.11%
NY Poughkeepsie – Newburgh – Middletown $58590 $36K – $102K 190 0.08%
NY Rochester $45210 $28K – $73K 350 0.07%
NY Syracuse $37900 $22K – $62K 190 0.06%
NY Utica – Rome $35790 $29K – $56K 30 0.03%
OH Akron $38360 $22K – $58K 100 0.03%
OH Canton – Massillon $33910 $25K – $53K 50 0.03%
OH Cincinnati – Middletown $44250 $27K – $87K 380 0.04%
OH Cleveland – Elyria – Mentor $44120 $28K – $60K 410 0.04%
OH Columbus $44170 $27K – $69K 440 0.05%
OH Dayton $39850 $24K – $68K 100 0.03%
OH Toledo $38660 $32K – $57K 60 0.02%
OK Oklahoma City $37390 $29K – $61K 380 0.07%
OK Tulsa $51890 $25K – $86K 180 0.04%
OR Bend $42510 $33K – $53K 70 0.11%
OR Corvallis $44520 $30K – $70K 50 0.15%
OR Eugene – Springfield $40220 $27K – $59K 100 0.07%
OR Portland – Vancouver – Hillsboro $44080 $32K – $61K 690 0.07%
OR Salem $33420 $23K – $52K 110 0.08%
PA Allentown – Bethlehem – Easton $35680 $19K – $69K 120 0.04%
PA Harrisburg – Carlisle $44220 $27K – $67K 260 0.08%
PA Lancaster $44330 $38K – $59K 90 0.04%
PA Philadelphia (Metro Area) $49370 $33K – $73K 1270 0.07%
PA Pittsburgh $38560 $23K – $56K 450 0.04%
PA Reading $50660 $25K – $70K 60 0.04%
PA Scranton – Wilkes – Barre $43240 $33K – $84K 50 0.02%
PA State College $47180 $33K – $62K 40 0.06%
PA York – Hanover $26620 $20K – $46K 50 0.03%
PR San Juan – Caguas – Guaynabo $58210 $29K – $76K 720 0.10%
RI Providence – Fall River – Warwick $50480 $31K – $72K 250 0.05%
SC Charleston – North Charleston – Summerville $47010 $34K – $69K 140 0.05%
SC Columbia $45690 $31K – $69K 120 0.03%
SC Greenville – Mauldin – Easley $44940 $29K – $64K 110 0.04%
SC Myrtle Beach – North Myrtle Beach – Conway $34630 $26K – $49K 70 0.06%
SD Rapid City $33950 $26K – $44K 30 0.06%
SD Sioux Falls $31330 $25K – $44K 70 0.05%
TN Chattanooga $33660 $24K – $51K 70 0.03%
TN Johnson City N/A N/A – N/A 30 0.04%
TN Knoxville $40600 $27K – $62K 80 0.02%
TN Memphis $39040 $19K – $63K 250 0.04%
TN Nashville – Davidson – Murfreesboro – Franklin $51870 $33K – $87K 410 0.05%
TX Austin – Round Rock – San Marcos $49490 $33K – $73K 770 0.09%
TX College Station – Bryan $22980 $18K – $38K 70 0.08%
TX Corpus Christi $30230 $20K – $67K 50 0.03%
TX Dallas – Plano – Irving (Metro Area) $45750 $31K – $95K 1480 0.07%
TX El Paso $39090 $20K – $54K 60 0.02%
TX Fort Worth – Arlington (Metro Area) $42950 $23K – $61K 460 0.05%
TX Houston – Sugar Land – Baytown $50540 $27K – $87K 1190 0.05%
TX Laredo $29360 $25K – $57K N/A N/A
TX Longview $27770 $24K – $36K N/A N/A
TX Lubbock $30230 $23K – $47K 60 0.05%
TX McAllen – Edinburg – Mission $39430 $25K – $57K 30 0.02%
TX San Antonio – New Braunfels $42680 $25K – $67K 410 0.05%
TX Sherman – Denison $53940 $47K – $60K N/A N/A
TX Tyler $29500 $20K – $49K 90 0.09%
TX Waco $36590 $26K – $63K 40 0.04%
UT Ogden – Clearfield $30760 $18K – $47K 140 0.07%
UT Provo – Orem $39140 $18K – $67K 100 0.05%
UT Salt Lake City $42540 $31K – $80K 310 0.05%
VA Charlottesville $42030 $28K – $65K 130 0.13%
VA Richmond $42620 $26K – $62K 420 0.07%
VA Roanoke $40330 $30K – $68K 50 0.04%
VA Virginia Beach – Norfolk – Newport News $42740 $28K – $68K 320 0.04%
VT Burlington – South Burlington $41780 $32K – $75K N/A N/A
WA Bellingham $39830 $29K – $61K 70 0.10%
WA Bremerton – Silverdale $38890 $25K – $60K 40 0.05%
WA Olympia $49560 $24K – $66K 70 0.07%
WA Seattle – Bellevue – Everett (Metro Area) $44120 $32K – $73K N/A N/A
WA Spokane $36850 $22K – $63K 100 0.05%
WA Tacoma (Metro Area) $50540 $39K – $71K 110 0.04%
WA Wenatchee – East Wenatchee $53710 $30K – $61K N/A N/A
WI Eau Claire $39430 $26K – $57K 80 0.11%
WI Green Bay $49210 $21K – $81K 50 0.03%
WI La Crosse $37550 $20K – $58K 30 0.04%
WI Madison $42910 $28K – $71K 290 0.09%
WI Milwaukee – Waukesha – West Allis $43170 $26K – $60K 340 0.04%
WI Wausau $21430 $17K – $49K 40 0.06%

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