Meeting, convention, and event planners coordinate all aspects of events and professional meetings. They arrange meeting locations, transportation, and other details.
Most meeting, convention, and event planners need a bachelor’s degree. Although some colleges offer degree programs in meeting and event management, other common fields of study include communications, business, and business management. Planners who have studied meeting and event management or hospitality management may start out with greater responsibilities than those from other academic disciplines. Some colleges offer continuing education courses in meeting and event planning.
Employment of meeting, convention, and event planners is projected to grow 8 percent from 2019 to 2029, much faster than the average for all occupations. Demand for professionally planned meetings and events is expected to remain steady as businesses and organizations continue to host events regularly.
Meeting, convention, and event planners spend time in their offices and onsite at hotels or convention centers. They often travel to attend events and visit prospective meeting sites. During meetings or conventions, planners may work many more hours than usual.