The U.S. News & World Report picked meeting planner as one of the 50 best careers of 2011, projected by the Labor Department to increase 16% over the next decade, according to the article.
Events are becoming more popular among multinational companies for many different reasons. They offer meeting planners many career opportunities, be it working for the company or being an independent consultant. Many experienced meeting planners choose to open consulting businesses instead of working for a company to increase their profits and have the flexibility of working for themselves.
Bright Outlook for Meeting Planners
SimplyHired.com, one of the leading vertical search engines focusing on jobs, indicates a 29% increase in meeting planner job listings since April 2009. It will keep climbing slowly. Many companies are beginning to realize the tremendous revenue-generating potential of events.
Meeting Planner Salary
“Median pay for meeting and convention planners was $44,780 in 2009, and earnings ranged from about $25,000 to $75,000,” the USNWR article stated.
As of Dec. 10, 2010, SimplyHired.com reports that meeting planner's average salary is $49,000.
While the economy is trying to recover and the U.S. unemployment rate is 9.8% as of Nov. 2010, meeting planners are enjoying a slow increase in business as companies scramble to increase their profits through various events.
The need for meeting planners is increasing. Everyone should take note and step up their continuing education and pursue certifications. The competition is becoming steeper, which means companies and employers will be seeing more resumes and proposals than ever before. Continuing education and certifications will ensure your resume and/or proposal will stand out among the rest. Take the time and money to secure your future now.
Data provided by SimplyHired.com, a search engine for jobs.