Event planners make the magic happen for conventions, weddings, business meetings, parties and more. From preparing the guest list and menu to ensuring that everyone arrives on time, event planners examine every detail. Those best suited to the job might have boundless energy, a friendly personality and a love of deadlines. They work very well under pressure and pay close attention to detail. Event planners need to communicate very well and enjoy working in a fast-paced environment.
Get the party started with an event planning program
Earning a master's degree in event planning can help you stand out to potential employers. According to Salary.com, 69 percent of those in event planning held a bachelor's degree, while 11 percent held a master's degree. Advanced training often comes in the form of a concentration through a hospitality management degree or even MBA training. In addition to the master's degree, experience in event planning is essential for advancement to higher-paying jobs. Most training is done on the job.
Event planning courses that can be helpful include advertising, business, communications, marketing and public relations. Many event planners begin with a bachelor's degree in hospitality or management. In fact, those who have experience with hospitality management might see better job opportunities once they earn a degree.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, jobs for meeting, convention and event planners are expected to grow by 10 percent from 2014 to 2024. Top industries for event planners include:
- Political and similar organizations
- Travel accommodation
States with the highest employment for event planners include California, New York and Texas.
- Meeting/Event Planner Job Description, Salary.com, http://swz.salary.com/salarywizard/event-planner-Job-Description.aspx
- Meeting, Convention, and Event Planners, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2016-17 Edition, Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, http://www.bls.gov/ooh/business-and-financial/meeting-convention-and-event-planners.htm