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Conference and Event Planners

What they do?

Conference and event planners perform some or all of the following duties:

A. Meet with trade and professional associations and other groups to promote and discuss conference, convention and trade show services

B. Meet with sponsors and organizing committees to plan scope and format of events, to establish and monitor budgets and to review administrative procedures and progress of events

C. Co-ordinate services for events, such as accommodation and transportation for participants, conference and other facilities, catering, signage, displays, translation, special needs requirements, audio-visual equipment, printing and security

D. Organize registration of participants, prepare programs and promotional material, and publicize events

E. Plan entertainment and social gatherings for participants

F. Hire, train and supervise support staff required for events

G. Ensure compliance with required by-laws

Where they find work?

1. Arts entertainment and recreation - 18.0%
2. Other services (except public administration) - 15.0%
3. Administrative and support waste management and remediation services - 13.0%
4. Public administration - 11.0%
5. Educational services - 7.0%
6. Accommodation and food services - 6.0%
7. Health care and social assistance - 4.0%

What education do I need?

1. A university degree or college diploma in business, tourism or hospitality administration is usually required.

2. Several years of experience in hospitality or tourism administration or in public relations are usually required and may substitute for formal education requirements.

3. Certification relating to special events, meetings or conference management may be required.

4. Many recent entrants have an undergraduate university degree, and almost 3 in 10 have a community college diploma.

High School Subject that will help:

1. English
2. Business

What can you expect to make:

The average hourly wages for Conference and Event Planners is $17.50/HR, which is close to the average for occupations in the business, finance and administration sector and are close to average for all technical, professional, and skilled occupations. These wages grew at a below-average rate from 2002 to 2004.

Average Wage

Conference and Event Planners wages

Expected Wage by Age

Conference and Event Planners Wage By Age


4% of Conference and Event Planners are unemployed. This rate is close to the average for technical, professional, and skilled occupations.


Conference and Event Planners Unemployment

Trends in Unemployment

Conference and Event Planners Trends in Unemployment

Current Job Outlook:

The job outlook for Conference and Event Planners is considered Average because:

1. Employment grew at an above-average rate.

2. The retirement rate is above average, and the number of retiring workers contributes to job openings.

3. Hourly wages ($17.50) are close to the average ($18.07), and the rate of the wage growth is below average.

4. The unemployment rate (4%) is close to the 2004 average (7%).

Future Job Prospects:

Your job outlook will continue to be Average because:

1. The employment growth rate will likely be close to the average.

2. The retirement rate will likely be above average and the number of retiring workers should contribute to job openings.

3. The number of job seekers will likely match the number of job openings.

Highest Concetration:

The highest concentrations Conference and Event Planners are found in British Columbia and Ontario while the lowest concentrations are in New Brunswick and Saskatchewan.

Unionization Rate:

The unionization rate (20%) is below the average (32%) for all occupations.

Useful Experience:

1. Leadership

2. Computer literacy

3. Team work

Part Time Workers

Conference and Event Planners Part Time Workers

Part time workers:

14% of Conference and Event Planners are employed only on a part-time basis. There were 15,900 workers employed in these occupations in 2004, an increase of 231% since 1997.

Age Demographics

Conference and Event Planners Age Demographics

Age Demographics:

The retirement rate to 2009 will likely be above average because of a tendency to retire at an earlier-than-average age (60).

Self Employed

Conference and Event Planners Self Employed

Self Employed:

Roughly 17% of Conference and Event Planners are self-employed. This is considered Average for the industry as a whole.

Men vs Women

Conference and Event Planners Men vs Women

Men vs Women:

86% of the individuals employed as Conference and Event Planners are women. Compared to other industries, this is Above average.