A fast-paced and demanding career, meeting and event management requires the ability to oversee multiple operations simultaneously, while orchestrating numerous deadlines and activities of several different groups of people. Meeting and convention planners spend the majority of their time in offices, but frequently work on site at hotels, convention centers or other meeting locations.
According to CAREERwise Education, Minnesota's career, education and job resource, meeting and convention planners in the U.S. earn on average $23.02/hour. Top earners average nearly $35.42/hour. CAREERwise: "Many organizations span the country or the globe. For these groups, a meeting is often the only time all of its members can get together. Industries that are experiencing high growth tend to have more meetings and conferences. Unlike workers in some occupations, meeting and convention planners can change industries relatively easily. Thus, they are able to move to different industries as a particular sector of the economy grows or declines. "
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, a wide range of industries require event planners in the U.S. The bulk of the demand breaks down as follows:
- Business, professional, labor and political organizations: 13 percent
- Hotels and motels: 10 percent
- Other support services, including trade show organizers: 9 percent
- Self-employed: 9 percent
- Colleges, universities and professional schools: 6 percent
- Grantmaking and giving services: 3 percent
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