Meeting, Convention, and Event Planners
SOC: 13-1121.00


Coordinate activities of staff, convention personnel, or clients to make arrangements for group meetings, events, or conventions.

National Salary Information:

Hourly Statistics:

Annual Statistics:

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 wage data.

Employment Projections:

Employment (2014):
100,000 employed

Projected (2024):
109,900 employed

Projected growth (2014-2024)

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 2014-2024 employment projections external site. "Projected growth" represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2014-2024). "Projected job openings" represent openings due to growth and replacement.

Alternate Titles:

  • Catering and Convention Services Coordinator
  • Catering and Convention Services Manager
  • Catering and Convention Services Sales Manager
  • Catering Manager
  • Certified Meeting Professional
  • Conference Director
  • Conference Manager
  • Conference Organizer
  • Conference Planner
  • Conference Planning Manager
  • Conference Producer
  • Conference Service Coordinator
  • Conference Services Director
  • Conference Services Manager
  • Conferences or Conventions Reservationist
  • Convention Manager
  • Convention Planner
  • Convention Services Manager (CSM)
  • Convention Worker
  • Corporate Event Planner
  • Corporate Meeting Planner
  • Director of Catering and Convention Services
  • Director of Conference Services
  • Director of Conference Services and Catering
  • Director of Convention Services
  • Director of Events
  • Director of Special Events
  • Event Coordinator
  • Event Manager
  • Event Organizer
  • Event Planner
  • Event Planning Manager
  • Event Specialist
  • Events Manager
  • Facility Coordinator
  • Meeting Coordinator
  • Meeting Manager
  • Meeting Planner
  • Meeting/Event Planner
  • Party Planner
  • Planner
  • Sales Manager
  • Scheduling Coordinator
  • Special Event Assistant
  • Special Events Coordinator
  • Special Events Director
  • Special Events Planner
  • Trade Show Coordinator
  • Wedding Designer
  • Wedding Planner

  • Job Zone Four: Considerable Preparation Needed


    A considerable amount of work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is needed for these occupations. For example, an accountant must complete four years of college and work for several years in accounting to be considered qualified.


    Most of these occupations require a four-year bachelor's degree, but some do not.

    Job Training:

    Employees in these occupations usually need several years of work-related experience, on-the-job training, and/or vocational training.

    Required Skills:

  • Reading Comprehension
  • Active Listening
  • Writing
  • Speaking
  • Mathematics
  • Critical Thinking
  • Active Learning
  • Learning Strategies
  • Monitoring
  • Social Perceptiveness
  • Coordination
  • Persuasion
  • Negotiation
  • Instructing
  • Service Orientation
  • Complex Problem Solving
  • Operations Analysis
  • Technology Design
  • Programming
  • Operation Monitoring
  • Operation and Control
  • Judgment and Decision Making
  • Systems Analysis
  • Systems Evaluation
  • Time Management
  • Management of Financial Resources
  • Management of Material Resources
  • Management of Personnel Resources

  • Knowledge Used:

  • Administration and Management
  • Clerical
  • Economics and Accounting
  • Sales and Marketing
  • Customer and Personal Service
  • Personnel and Human Resources
  • Production and Processing
  • Food Production
  • Computers and Electronics
  • Engineering and Technology
  • Design
  • Building and Construction
  • Mathematics
  • Chemistry
  • Psychology
  • Sociology and Anthropology
  • Geography
  • Education and Training
  • English Language
  • Foreign Language
  • Fine Arts
  • History and Archeology
  • Philosophy and Theology
  • Public Safety and Security
  • Law and Government
  • Telecommunications
  • Communications and Media
  • Transportation

  • Tasks:

  • Consult with customers to determine objectives and requirements for events such as meetings, conferences, and conventions.
  • Monitor event activities to ensure compliance with applicable regulations and laws, satisfaction of participants, and resolution of any problems that arise.
  • Confer with staff at a chosen event site to coordinate details.
  • Review event bills for accuracy, and approve payment.
  • Plan and develop programs, agendas, budgets, and services according to customer requirements.
  • Coordinate services for events, such as accommodation and transportation for participants, facilities, catering, signage, displays, special needs requirements, printing and event security.
  • Arrange the availability of audio-visual equipment, transportation, displays, and other event needs.
  • Inspect event facilities to ensure that they conform to customer requirements.
  • Maintain records of event aspects, including financial details.
  • Conduct post-event evaluations to determine how future events could be improved.
  • Negotiate contracts with such service providers and suppliers as hotels, convention centers, and speakers.
  • Meet with sponsors and organizing committees to plan scope and format of events, to establish and monitor budgets, or to review administrative procedures and event progress.
  • Direct administrative details such as financial operations, dissemination of promotional materials, and responses to inquiries.
  • Evaluate and select providers of services according to customer requirements.
  • Read trade publications, attend seminars, and consult with other meeting professionals to keep abreast of meeting management standards and trends.
  • Organize registration of event participants.
  • Design and implement efforts to publicize events and promote sponsorships.
  • Hire, train, and supervise volunteers and support staff required for events.
  • Obtain permits from fire and health departments to erect displays and exhibits and serve food at events.
  • Promote conference, convention and trades show services by performing tasks such as meeting with professional and trade associations, and producing brochures and other publications.
  • Develop event topics and choose featured speakers.

  • Tools & Technology:

  • Desktop computers
  • Laptop computers
  • Overhead display projectors
  • Personal computers
  • Public address PA systems
  • Two way radios
  • Video projectors
  • Videoconferencing equipment
  • Active Network EventRegister
  • Adobe Systems Adobe InDesign
  • Adobe Systems Adobe Photoshop software
  • Blackbaud The Raiser's Edge
  • Certain software
  • Convention Industry Council CIC APEX Toolbox
  • Dean Evans & Associates EMS Professional
  • Delphi Discovery
  • Delphi software
  • ESRI ArcGIS software
  • FileMaker Pro software
  • Hypertext markup language HTML
  • IBM Lotus Notes
  • Lenos software
  • MeetingMatrix International software
  • MemberClicks COMPLETE
  • Microsoft Access
  • Microsoft Excel
  • Microsoft Office software
  • Microsoft Outlook
  • Microsoft PowerPoint
  • Microsoft Project
  • Microsoft Publisher
  • Microsoft Word
  • NSF Hospitality Rendezvous Events
  • Oracle Primavera Enterprise Project Portfolio Management software
  • Oracle software
  • Planstone software
  • Spreadsheet software
  • Web browser software

  • business and financial operations

    industry stats

    SOC: 13-0000

    Total Employed: 7,032,560

    Average Annual Salary: $73,800