Career of the Week- Event Coordinator
Event planning is a relatively new career field. This career deals with a lot of communication and organization aspects. There are many different names for an event planner such as a conference coordinator, a convention planner, a special event coordinator, and a meeting manager. Event planning is the process of planning a festival, ceremony, competition, party, or convention. Event planning includes budgeting, establishing dates and alternate dates, selecting and reserving the event site, acquiring permits, and coordinating transportation and parking.
Employment of meeting and convention planners is expected to grow 16 percent over the 2008-18 decade, which is faster than the average for all occupations. As businesses and organizations become increasingly international, meetings and conventions become even more important. According to Bureau of Labor Statistics, median annual wages of meeting and convention planners in May 2008 were $44,260. The middle 50 percent earned between $34,480 and $57,820.
Most organizations require entry level event coordinators to have a bachelor's degree, preferably in marketing, public relations, hospitality management, business or communications. Event coordinators must be detail-oriented and very organized, to manage the many details of an event. Written and verbal communication skills are important.