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Meeting and Convention Planners
Meeting planners coordinate every detail of meetings and conventions, from the speakers and meeting location to arranging for printed materials and audio-visual equipment.
The Job
Meeting and convention planners search for prospective meeting sites, which may be hotels, convention centers, or conference centers.Meeting logistics, the management of the details of meetings and conventions, such as labor and materials, is another major component of the job.
Work Environment
The work of meeting and convention planners may be considered either stressful or energizing, but there is no question that it is fast-paced and demanding.
College Majors
bachelor's degree majors are marketing, public relations, communications, business, and hotel or hospitality management.
Minimum Qualifications
People with a variety of educational or work backgrounds may seek meeting and convention planning positions. Many migrate into the occupation after gaining planning experience.
Personality traits helpful for this career
They must be able to learn independently about each new industry so they can coordinate programs that address the industry's important issues.
Quick Facts
  • Planners often work long hours in the period prior to and during a meeting or convention, and extensive travel may be required.
  • Employment is expected to grow faster than average.
  • Opportunities will be best for individuals with a bachelor's degree and some experience as a meeting planner.
Compensation and Outlook
Median annual wages of meeting and convention planners in May 2008 were $44,260. The middle 50 percent earned between $34,480 and $57,820. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $27,450, and the highest 10 percent earned more than $74,610.
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