Meeting/Event Planner: the best job or one of the worst?

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In case you missed it, U.S. News & World Report recently listed Meeting, Convention & Event Planner among its Best 25 Jobs for 2012. It not only came in at #16 in the top 25 list, but made no. 1 on the list of top business jobs. The subtitle reads: "These 25 high-opportunity jobs have competitive salaries and strong job satisfaction;" salaries for Meeting, Convention & Event Planner are listed as $27,090 - $76,840.

Jobs were ranked by comparing their projected growth up to the year 2020 with the current employment rates of the industry to which they belong. Other components that contributed to each job’s overall score and rank include its average salary, predicted job prospects, and a quantitative assessment of the job satisfaction of those who are currently or have previously worked in the profession.

Just a few weeks earlier, CareerCast came out with its list of the Top 10 Most Stressful Jobs for 2012. You guessed it: Event Coordinator was on the list at no. 6 (with an average income of $45,260), just after police officer and ahead of PR executive, corporate executive, photojournalist and taxi driver. There are a lot of interesting comments and debates about Event Coordinator being on the list, from both planners and non-planners.

So which is it? What do you think of these rankings? Based on the many conversations I’ve had with planners, there’s no doubt meeting and event planning is a high-stress job, but they love it. The ones that don’t… well, I think it’s safe to say that if you can’t stand the heat, you don’t hang around the kitchen very long.


Cathleen Hagan
Michigan Meetings + Events


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