An Event Manager is responsible for fully qualifying the needs of their clients and to produce meaningful solutions to solve unique personal, professional and corporate goals.
Coordination of transportation, lodging, exhibit and/or meeting space, telecommunications, audio-visual, web-based materials, food & beverage and a wide range of educational resources, public speakers, and entertainment confirmation is required.
Expertise is dedicated to negotiating with suppliers and facilities, reviewing proposals and coordinating contracts on behalf of clients. Other responsibilities include scouting locations, establish budgets, hiring and coordinating event staff members, overseeing event-related planning, execution, delivery and logistics while exceeding client and attendee expectations. Event planners/managers must be detail-oriented, highly organized with excellent verbal and written communication skills.
Representatives Job Titles:
Also known as Certified Meeting Professional, Conference Organizer, Conference Planner, Conference Planning Manager, Conference Services Director, Conference Services Manager, Convention Planner, Convention Sales Manager, Corporate Meeting Planner, and Event Manager (recruiter.com).
Starting Salary Ranges:
Many event managers gain experience by starting our as event planners. In May 2015, the BLS reported that the median annual salary for meeting, convention and event planners was $46,840 (www.bls.gov). Most of these professionals made between $25,940 and $82,060 annually. Many worked in the hospitality industry, or for profit and non-profit, labor, political and similar organizations (learn.org/articles).
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) projects a much higher rate of growth in employment opportunities for event planners that the total rate of growth across all occupations in the coming years. The BLS predicts the need for event planners to grow at 10% for meeting, convention, and event planners, which would include event management professional through the 2014-2024 period.
According to recruiters.com the overall job outlook for Meeting, Convention, or Event Planner careers has been positive since 2004. Vacancies for this career have increased by 64.43% nationwide in that time, with an average growth of 10.74% per year. Demand for Meeting, Convention, and Event Planners is expected to go up, with an expected 8,440 new jobs to be filled by 2018. In addition, according to the BLS 9,900 new positions will be created over the decade.