Meeting, Convention, and Event Planners

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About the Job

Coordinate activities of staff, convention personnel, or clients to make arrangements for group meetings, events, or conventions.

It is also Called

  • Catering and Convention Services Manager
  • Catering Director
  • Certified Meeting Professional
  • Conference Manager
  • Conference Organizer
  • Conference Planner
  • Conference Planning Manager
  • Conference Producer
  • Conference Reservationist
  • Conference Service Coordinator
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What They Do

  • Consult with customers to determine objectives and requirements for events, such as meetings, conferences, and conventions.
  • Review event bills for accuracy and approve payment.
  • Coordinate services for events, such as accommodation and transportation for participants, facilities, catering, signage, displays, special needs requirements, printing and event security.
  • Arrange the availability of audio-visual equipment, transportation, displays, and other event needs.
  • Confer with staff at a chosen event site to coordinate details.
  • Inspect event facilities to ensure that they conform to customer requirements.
  • Maintain records of event aspects, including financial details.
  • Monitor event activities to ensure compliance with applicable regulations and laws, satisfaction of participants, and resolution of any problems that arise.
  • Negotiate contracts with such service providers and suppliers as hotels, convention centers, and speakers.
  • Evaluate and select providers of services according to customer requirements.

Interests

People who work in this occupation generally have the interest code: ECS.

This means people who work in this occupation generally have Enterprising interests, but also prefer Conventional and Social environments.

Work Values

People who work in this occupation generally prize Relationships, but also value Independence and Achievement in their jobs.

Things They Need to Know

  • Customer and Personal Service - Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • Communications and Media - Knowledge of media production, communication, and dissemination techniques and methods. This includes alternative ways to inform and entertain via written, oral, and visual media.
  • Clerical - Knowledge of administrative and clerical procedures and systems such as word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office procedures and terminology.
  • Administration and Management - Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.

Things They Need to Be Able to Do

  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
  • Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Social Perceptiveness - Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
  • Service Orientation - Actively looking for ways to help people.
  • Coordination - Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.

Education Required

Most of these occupations require a four-year bachelor's degree, but some do not.

Wages

In 2017, the average annual wage in Ohio was $47,580 with most people making between $26,230 and $72,520

Outlook

0.67%
avg. annual growth

During 2014, this occupation employed approximately 2,540 people in Ohio. It is projected that there will be 2,710 employed in 2024.

This occupation will have about 17 openings due to growth and about 33 replacement openings for approximately 50 total annual openings.

Work Keys

This occupation requires a Gold certificate

Skill Level
Locating Information5
Teamwork4
Reading for Information4
Listening4
Applied Mathematics4
Observation4
Writing3