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Become An Event Manager

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Working As An Event Manager

  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Communicating with Persons Outside Organization
  • Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships
  • Getting Information
  • Interacting With Computers
  • Deal with People

  • Mostly Sitting

  • Stressful

  • $61,960

    Average Salary

What Does An Event Manager Do

An Event Manager runs events and ensures that deadlines and budgets are adhered to. They make sure that events are completed smoothly, analyze the event’s success, and prepare reports.

How To Become An Event Manager

Applicants usually need a bachelor's degree and some experience related to event planning. 

Education

Many employers prefer applicants who have a bachelor's degree and some work experience in hotels or planning. The proportion of planners with a bachelor's degree is increasing because work responsibilities have become more complex. Although some colleges offer degree programs in meeting and event management, other common fields of study include hospitality and tourism management. If an applicant’s degree is not related to these fields, employers are likely to require at least 1 to 2 years of related hospitality or planning experience.

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.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

The Convention Industry Council offers the Certified Meeting Professional (CMP) credential, a voluntary certification for meeting and convention planners. Although the CMP is not required, it is widely recognized in the industry and may help in career advancement. To qualify, candidates must have a minimum of 36 months of meeting management experience, recent employment in a meeting management job, and proof of continuing education credits. Those who qualify must then pass an exam that covers topics such as strategic planning, financial and risk management, facility operations and services, and logistics.

In 2014, the Convention Industry Council created the Certified Meeting Professional-Healthcare (CMP-HC) certification, a CMP specialization related to healthcare industry meeting planners. Planners who want to earn CMP-HC certification must first hold CMP certification and also meet the work and planning requirements specifically in healthcare industry meeting planning.

The Society of Government Meeting Professionals (SGMP) offers the Certified Government Meeting Professional (CGMP) designation for meeting planners who work for, or contract with, federal, state, or local government. This certification is not required to work as a government meeting planner; however, it may be helpful for those who want to show that they know government purchasing policies and travel regulations. To qualify, candidates must have worked as a meeting planner for at least 1 year and have been a member of SGMP for 6 months. To become a certified planner, members must take a 3-day course and pass an exam.

Some organizations offer voluntary certifications in wedding planning, including the American Association of Certified Wedding Planners and the Association of Certified Professional Wedding Consultants. Although not required, the certifications can be helpful in attracting clients and proving knowledge.

Other Experience

It is beneficial for new meeting, convention, and event planners to have experience in hospitality industry jobs. Working in a variety of positions at hotels, convention centers, and convention bureaus provides knowledge of how the hospitality industry operates. Other beneficial work experiences include coordinating university or volunteer events and shadowing professionals.

Important Qualities

Communication skills. Meeting, convention, and event planners communicate with clients, suppliers, and event staff. They must have excellent written and oral communication skills to convey the needs of their clients effectively.

Composure. Meeting, convention, and event planners often work in a fast-paced environment and must be able to make quick decisions while remaining calm under pressure. When necessary materials do not arrive on schedule, they make alternative arrangements calmly and swiftly.

Interpersonal skills. Meeting, convention, and event planners must establish and maintain positive relationships with clients and suppliers. There are often a limited number of vendors in an area which can be used, and they will likely need them for future events.

Negotiation skills. Meeting, convention, and event planners must be able to negotiate service contracts events. They need to secure quality products and services at reasonable prices for their clients.

Organizational skills. Meeting, convention, and event planners must multitask, pay attention to details, and meet tight deadlines in order to provide high-quality meetings. Many meetings are planned more than a year in advance, so long-term thinking is vital. 

Problem-solving skills. Meeting, convention, and event planners must be able to develop creative solutions that satisfy clients. They must be able to recognize potential problems and identify solutions in advance.

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Real Event Manager Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Marketing Events Manager Google Inc. San Francisco, CA Mar 10, 2016 $165,000
Field Marketing Events Manager Dropbox, Inc. San Francisco, CA Jun 09, 2014 $160,000
Events Manager Microsoft Corporation Bellevue, WA Jul 05, 2015 $120,000
Events Manager Microsoft Corporation Bellevue, WA Sep 08, 2014 $120,000
Field Marketing Events Manager Dropbox, Inc. San Francisco, CA Mar 24, 2016 $110,115
Marketing Events Manager Google Inc. San Francisco, CA Jun 12, 2016 $110,000
Events Manager Medallia, Inc. Palo Alto, CA Aug 22, 2016 $100,000
Event Manager Virgin Pulse, Inc. New York, NY Jul 10, 2016 $90,177
Events Manager Medallia, Inc. Palo Alto, CA Aug 15, 2016 $85,000
Events Manager Medallia, Inc. Palo Alto, CA Apr 10, 2016 $85,000
Special Events Manager Calvin Klein Inc. New York, NY Jan 26, 2015 $85,000
Events Manager Crowdstrike, Inc. Irvine, CA Nov 02, 2015 $85,000
Global Events Manager Hp Inc. Palo Alto, CA Sep 15, 2016 $81,682 -
$118,000
Manager of Education & Events DR. Hauschka Skin Care Inc. New York, NY Jul 07, 2014 $80,103
Marketing and Events Manager Aussie Hunks LLC Las Vegas, NV Jan 11, 2016 $63,000 -
$70,000
Events Manager Gibello LLC Rhinebeck, NY Nov 01, 2014 $60,000
Event Manager/Event Producer Flight Centre USA Holding Corp New York, NY Jan 03, 2016 $60,000
Event Manager/Event Producer Flight Centre USA Inc. New York, NY Oct 08, 2014 $60,000 -
$95,000
Event Manager/Event Producer Flight Centre USA Holding Corp New York, NY Oct 08, 2014 $60,000 -
$90,000
Events Manager Gibello LLC Rhinebeck, NY Oct 01, 2014 $60,000
Events Manager Datadog, Inc. New York, NY Sep 07, 2015 $60,000
Manager-Events Explorer NYC Corp. New York, NY Sep 04, 2014 $49,899 -
$60,000
Event Manager Glenarbor Golf Club, LLC Bedford Hills, NY Aug 31, 2013 $49,400
Event Manager World Dimension Travel Marketing Inc. Miami, FL Aug 09, 2016 $48,200
Event Manager World Dimension Travel Marketing, Inc. Miami, FL Sep 10, 2014 $48,200
Event Manager Flight Centre Travel Group (USA), Inc. New York, NY Dec 15, 2016 $47,500
Events Manager Musket Hospitality LLC New York, NY Oct 26, 2014 $45,500
Events Manager Musket Hospitality LLC New York, NY Oct 26, 2016 $45,500
Manager, Events & Conferences Penton Learning Systems, LLC New York, NY Nov 01, 2014 $45,000

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Top Skills for An Event Manager

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Top Event Manager Skills

  1. Event Logistics
  2. Special Events
  3. Conferences
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Coordinated event logistics, including registration and attendee tracking, presentation and materials support and evaluations for events.
  • Supervised promotional activities and special events and scheduled new hire appointments.
  • Coordinated trade shows, road shows, sales conferences, user group meetings and product launches worldwide.
  • Scheduled conventions/trade shows, created marketing materials for events & maintained database of contacts
  • Demonstrated creativity and resourcefulness and provided exemplary customer service.

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