Organizations, businesses and individuals often rely on the services of event planners to coordinate conventions, business meetings, trade shows and private parties. Also called convention and meeting planners, they do everything involved with making sure these events go smoothly, including choosing locations, hiring caterers, entertainment and other vendors, and arranging lodging and transportation for attendees. Those whose area of expertise is wedding planning are called bridal consultants or wedding planners.
There are some people working in this field who do not have any formal education, but later find that it limits their chances for career growth. If they wish to become more competitive, they can take courses at a university or through a professional organization like Meeting Professionals International or PCMA (Professional Convention Management Association).
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A Day in an Event Planner's Life:
On a typical day an event planner's tasks might include:
- Discussing events with clients to determine their needs and visions
- Visiting possible locations for an event
- Meeting with vendors, such as caterers, entertainers and florists
- Going over details with on-site staff
- Registering guests at an event
- Troubleshooting any problems that arise before and during an event
- Reviewing vendors' bills and approving them for payment
Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2012-13 Edition, Meeting, Convention, and Event Planners, on the Internet at http://www.bls.gov/ooh/business-and-financial/meeting-convention-and-event-planners.htm (visited July 05, 2012).
Employment and Training Administration, U.S. Department of Labor, O*NET Online, Meeting, Convention, and Event Planners, on the Internet at http://www.onetonline.org/link/details/13-1121.00 (visited July 05, 2012).