Event Planners

Event Planner Prepares for Outdoor Banquet

The duties of event planners are varied, and may include establishing a site for an event; making travel, hotel, and food arrangements; and planning the program and overseeing the registration. The planner may be responsible for all of the negotiating, planning, and coordinating for a major worldwide convention, or the planner may be involved with a small, in-house meeting involving only a few people. Event planners also organize virtual conferences. Some professional associations, government agencies, nonprofit organizations, political groups, and educational institutions hire event planners or have employees on staff who have these responsibilities. Many of these organizations and companies outsource their event planning responsibilities to firms that specialize in these services, such as marketing, public relations, and event planning firms. In addition, many event and meeting planners are independent consultants.

Some event planners' services are also used on a personal level to plan class or family reunions, birthday parties, weddings, or anniversaries. Event planners are also known as meeting and convention planners. There are approximately 87,400 event planners employed in the United States.

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Quick Facts
Alternate Title(s) Conference Managers, Convention Managers, Convention Planners, Exhibit Managers, Meeting Planners, Party Planners, Special Event Coordinators, Trade Show Managers, Virtual Event Planners
Duties Organize and plan events such as corporate meetings, trade shows, conventions, or a specific celebration
Salary Range $25,000 to $100,000
Work Environment Primarily Indoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Opportunities are available throughout the country, but are best in large, metropolitan areas
Minimum Education Level
  • High School Diploma
  • Some Postsecondary Training
School Subjects
  • Business
  • English
  • Speech
Experience Internship, volunteering, or part-time experience
Personality Traits
  • Hands On
  • Organized
  • Problem-Solving
  • Business Management
  • Interpersonal
  • Organizational
Certification or Licensing Recommended
Special Requirements None
Employment Prospects Good
Advancement Prospects Good
Outlook Faster than the Average
Career Ladder
  • Consultant, or Senior Manager, or Executive Director of Association
  • Event Planner
  • Assistant Event Planner