Event planners are increasingly called on to provide venues, food, and services for corporate parties, weddings, and institutional events. They need to be knowledgeable about a great deal, including food, wine pairing, etiquette, customer service, decorating, and local hospitality industries. They are often required to coordinate every facet of an event from transportation and accommodation to entertainment. A college degree is standard. Associate's degrees in event planning are available through online education programs.
Event Planning Coursework
Associate's degree programs in event planning are a relatively new on the scene. Classes are usually given through a school's department of hospitality and include catering, staff supervision, wine appreciation, and dining service. Coursework also involves the ins and outs of owning a small business because event planners often work for themselves as independent consultants. Career training isn't all just partying; managerial and customer service skills need to be cultivated. The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts that job growth will be robust for event planners.
- Top employers: Businesses and professional organizations
- Mean annual wages: $50,910
- Typical education: Bachelor's degree
- Related jobs: administrative assistant, hotel sales
Sources: Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2014