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Meetings and Convention Planner

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Bachelor's degree

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What They Do

Meeting, Convention, and Event Planners Career Video

About This Career

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

This career is part of the Business Management and Administration cluster Operations Management pathway.

A person in this career:

  • Consults with customers to determine objectives and requirements for events, such as meetings, conferences, and conventions.
  • Reviews event bills for accuracy and approves payment.
  • Coordinates services for events, such as accommodation and transportation for participants, facilities, catering, signage, displays, special needs requirements, printing and event security.
  • Arranges the availability of audio-visual equipment, transportation, displays, and other event needs.
  • Confers with staff at a chosen event site to coordinate details.
  • Inspects event facilities to ensure that they conform to customer requirements.
  • Maintains records of event aspects, including financial details.
  • Monitors event activities to ensure compliance with applicable regulations and laws, satisfaction of participants, and resolution of any problems that arise.
  • Negotiates contracts with such service providers and suppliers as hotels, convention centers, and speakers.
  • Evaluates and selects providers of services according to customer requirements.

Working Conditions and Physical Demands

People who do this job report that:

  • You would often handle loads up to 10 lbs., sometimes up to 20 lbs. You might do a lot of walking or standing, or you might sit but use your arms and legs to control machines, equipment or tools.
  • Work in this occupation requires being inside most of the time
  • Work in this occupation involves making repetitive motions more than one-third of the time
  • Work in this occupation involves sitting more than one-third of the time

Working in this career involves (physical activities):

  • Seeing clearly at a distance
  • Seeing clearly up close
  • Speaking clearly enough to be able to be understood by others
  • Identifying and understanding the speech of another person

Work Hours and Travel

  • Overtime work
  • Weekend work

Specialty and Similar Careers

Careers that are more detailed or close to this career:

  • Catering Director
  • Conference Planner
  • Conference Planning Manager
  • Conference Services Director
  • Conference Services Manager
  • Convention Services Director
  • Convention Services Manager (CSM)
  • Event Coordinator — Coordinates special events requiring skills in overseeing, planning, coordinating, executing, and overseeing the day-to-day operations of events, whether social, educational, internal or external.
  • Events Manager
  • Special Events Coordinator


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