Meeting and Event Planner at a Glance

Projected Job Growth

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    Meeting and Event Planner

  • 2013
  • 2023

Average Salary for Meeting and Event Planner

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Best States for Meeting and Event Planner

  Employment
in 2011
Average
Annual Salary
Average
Hourly Pay
Virginia 3,500 $54,770 $26
District of Columbia 2,520 $67,120 $32
Vermont 260 $42,960 $21

Becoming a Meeting and Event Planner

Potential employers in this industry will favor with a bachelor's degree in event planning or event management, hospitality, or a related field such as public relations, marketing, or communications. Employers also strongly consider a work experience and reputation when hiring a meeting or event planner. Online bachelor degrees are available in hospitality management, tourism, and event planning, or a combination of two or three of those areas. Online certificates and associate degrees in tourism, hospitality, and event management are more widely offered than online bachelor's, so students who prefer distance education as an option may want to consider getting an associate degree and then pursue a bachelor's in a related subject. Iowa State University offers a comprehensive bachelor of science (not online) with a major in event management. Students gain knowledge and skills in, among other things, budgets and finance, site selection, contracts, marketing and promotions, and meeting technology. Some typical classes in both associate and bachelor degree programs in meeting and event planning include:
  • Public Relations
  • Customer Service Management
  • Conference and Meeting Planning
  • Meeting, Tourism, and/or Hospitality Technology
The Convention Industry Council offers a voluntary Certified Meeting Professional (CMP) certificate for meeting and convention planners with at least three years of experience. The CMP is highly-regarded in the meeting and event planning industry, and may help with career opportunities and advancement. Government meeting planners with at least one year of work experience can apply for a Certified Government Meeting Professional (CGMP) credential from The Society of Government Meeting Professionals (SGMP). To become a CGMP, SGMP members must complete a three-day course and pass an exam.