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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

Meeting, convention, and event planners coordinate all aspects of events and professional meetings. They arrange meeting locations, transportation, and other details.

Duties

Meeting, convention, and event planners typically do the following:

  • Meet with clients to understand the purpose of the meeting or event
  • Plan the scope of the event, including time, location, and cost
  • Solicit bids from venues and service providers
  • Inspect venues to ensure that they meet the client's requirements
  • Coordinate event services such as rooms, transportation, and food service
  • Monitor event activities to ensure the client and event attendees are satisfied
  • Review event bills and approve payments

There are millions of meetings and events held each year. Meeting, convention, and event planners organize a variety of these events including weddings, educational conferences, and business conventions. They coordinate every detail of these events, including finances. Before a meeting event, for example, planners will meet with clients to estimate attendance and determine the meeting’s purpose. During the event, they handle logistics, such as registering guests and organizing audio/visual equipment. After the meeting, they make sure all vendors are paid and may survey attendees to obtain feedback on the event.

Meeting, convention, and event planners search for potential meeting sites, such as hotels and convention centers. They consider the lodging and services that the facility can provide, how easy it will be for people to get there, and the attractions that the surrounding area has to offer. Planners may also consider whether an online meeting can achieve the same objectives as one that requires attendees to meet in a physical location.

Once a location is selected, planners arrange the meeting space and support services, such as catering and interpreters. They negotiate contracts with suppliers and coordinate plans with the venue’s staff, and they may also organize speakers, entertainment, and activities.

The following are examples of types of meeting, convention, and event planners:

Association planners organize annual conferences and trade shows for professional associations. Because member attendance is usually voluntary, it is important for associations to emphasize the meeting’s value and location; for some association planners, marketing is an important aspect of their work.

Convention service managers work for hotels and convention centers. They act as liaisons between the meeting facility and the planners who work for associations, businesses, and governments. They present food service options to outside planners, coordinate special requests, and suggest hotel services that work within a planner’s budget.

Corporate planners organize internal business meetings and meetings between businesses. These events may be in person or online, held either within corporate facilities or offsite to include more people.

Event planners arrange the details of a variety of events. Wedding planners are the most well-known, but event planners also coordinate celebrations such as anniversaries, reunions, and other large social events, as well as corporate events including product launches, galas, and award ceremonies.

Government meeting planners organize meetings for government officials and agencies. Familiarity with government regulations, such as procedures for buying materials and booking hotels, is essential to their work.

Healthcare meeting planners specialize in organizing meetings and conferences for allied healthcare professionals. Healthcare meetings have to meet strict standards in order for the meeting to count as continuing education and to comply with government regulations.

Nonprofit event planners plan large events with the goal of raising donations for a charity or advocacy organization. Events may include banquets, charity races, and food drives.

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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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Average Length of Employment
Director Of Events 3.0 years
Event Manager 3.0 years
Event Producer 2.9 years
Conference Manager 2.8 years
Event Planner 2.7 years
Event Consultant 2.5 years
Event Chairperson 1.7 years
Events Associate 1.5 years
Top Employers Before
Internship 9.6%
Manager 5.2%
Server 3.1%
Top Employers After
Manager 5.5%
Internship 4.4%
Owner 3.3%

Event Manager Demographics

Gender

Female

64.9%

Male

33.1%

Unknown

2.1%
Ethnicity

White

79.7%

Hispanic or Latino

9.8%

Asian

8.1%

Unknown

1.8%

Black or African American

0.6%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

50.2%

French

13.0%

Italian

5.9%

German

5.2%

Chinese

3.7%

Russian

3.5%

Mandarin

3.2%

Portuguese

3.0%

Arabic

2.0%

Japanese

1.7%

Korean

1.4%

Hindi

1.1%

Cantonese

1.0%

Hebrew

1.0%

Swedish

0.9%

Thai

0.7%

Greek

0.7%

Croatian

0.6%

Polish

0.6%

Vietnamese

0.5%
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Event Manager Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

10.1%

University of Central Florida

7.4%

Johnson & Wales University

6.8%

Florida State University

5.9%

New York University

5.7%

San Francisco State University

5.0%

San Jose State University

5.0%

George Washington University

4.8%

Michigan State University

4.8%

Florida International University

4.6%

Boston University

4.6%

Temple University

4.4%

Arizona State University

4.4%

San Diego State University

4.3%

Northeastern University

4.3%

University of Georgia

3.7%

Southern Illinois University Edwardsville

3.7%

University of Houston

3.6%

Middle Tennessee State University

3.6%

George Mason University

3.5%
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Majors

Business

23.1%

Communication

13.5%

Marketing

11.2%

Hospitality Management

7.7%

Management

5.7%

Kinesiology

5.1%

Public Relations

4.7%

Psychology

4.3%

English

3.0%

Health Care Administration

3.0%

Political Science

2.7%

Journalism

2.3%

Fine Arts

2.2%

Graphic Design

1.9%

Liberal Arts

1.8%

Finance

1.7%

Education

1.7%

Sociology

1.6%

Criminal Justice

1.5%

Theatre

1.4%
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Degrees

Bachelors

57.5%

Other

16.1%

Masters

15.5%

Associate

5.6%

Certificate

3.8%

Diploma

0.7%

Doctorate

0.5%

License

0.2%
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Real Event Manager Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Events and Sponsorship Manager Aberdeen Asset Management Inc. Philadelphia, PA Nov 30, 2012 $140,587 -
$160,350
Events Manager Microsoft Corporation Bellevue, WA Sep 08, 2014 $120,000
Events Manager Microsoft Corporation Bellevue, WA Jul 05, 2015 $120,000
Events and Sponsorship Manager Aberdeen Asset Management Inc. Philadelphia, PA Nov 26, 2012 $109,970 -
$158,405
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 Apr 10, 2016 $85,000
Events Manager Medallia, Inc. Palo Alto, CA Aug 15, 2016 $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
Manager of Education and Events DR. Hauschka Skin Care Inc. New York, NY Jul 07, 2014 $80,103
Events Manager SONY Mobile Communications (USA) Inc. Redwood City, CA Oct 01, 2012 $78,016 -
$117,024
Strategic Events Manager Bottega Veneta, Inc. New York, NY Jan 11, 2016 $75,000
Event Manager/Event Producer Flight Centre USA Inc. New York, NY Oct 08, 2014 $60,000 -
$95,000
Events Manager Gibello LLC Rhinebeck, NY Oct 01, 2014 $60,000
Event Manager Island Tennis, LP New York, NY Sep 01, 2012 $60,000
Events Manager Datadog, Inc. New York, NY Sep 07, 2015 $60,000
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 Extranomical Tours LLC San Francisco, CA Sep 09, 2016 $60,000
Event Manager/Event Producer Flight Centre USA Holding Corp New York, NY Oct 08, 2014 $60,000 -
$95,000
Event Manager World Dimension Travel Marketing, Inc. Miami, FL Sep 10, 2014 $48,200
Event Manager World Dimension Travel Marketing Inc. Miami, FL Aug 09, 2016 $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, 2016 $45,500
Events Manager Musket Hospitality LLC New York, NY Oct 26, 2014 $45,500
Office and Events Manager Musket Hospitality LLC New York, NY Dec 12, 2012 $45,500
Manager, Events & Conferences Penton Learning Systems, LLC New York, NY Nov 01, 2014 $45,000
Event Manager E.C.G. Inc. Saddle Brook, NJ Jul 09, 2016 $45,000

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Top Skills for An Event Manager

EventLogisticsSpecialEventsConferencesTradeShowsCustomerServiceBeverageEventPlanningEventManagementAudioVisualEventStaffSuperviseWebEventBudgetsCorporateEventsFacebookContractNegotiationsPressReleasesVIPD CORTwitter

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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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