If you're a meeting professional who's ever questioned your career choice, don't: U.S. News & World Report has ranked "Meeting, Convention & Event Planner" No. 57 on its list of the 100 best jobs of 2015, and No. 12 on its list of the best business jobs.
Although the job is less promising than it was a few years ago -- as recently as 2012 it ranked No. 1 on the magazine's list of the best business jobs and No. 16 overall -- it remains a highly coveted career, according to U.S. News, which says employment of meeting planners will swell by 33.2 percent between 2012 and 2022.
"An event requires considerable planning of details big and small -- from choosing a venue and reviewing contracts to juggling guest lists and issuing name badges," U.S. News explains. "Meeting, event, and conference planners will have to figure out their sponsoring organization's needs and requirements in terms of exhibit space, lodging, transportation, telecommunications, audio-visual requirements, print- and web-based materials, and food and beverages, among other necessities. A lot of time will be dedicated to reviewing proposals and contracts, and negotiating with facilities and suppliers. Overall, an event planner should be a very good task juggler and highly flexible."
According to U.S. News, the median annual wage for meeting, convention and event planners was $46,260 in 2013, the most recent year for which there is data. The best-paid 10 percent in the field made approximately $79,550, it said, while the bottom 10 percent made approximately $26,480. The highest paid planners work in the metropolitan areas of Coeur d'Alene, ID; Nassau, NY; and Bethesda, MD.
The top five jobs of 2015, according to U.S. News, are dentist, nurse practitioner, software developer, physician, and dental hygienist. The magazine's top five business jobs, meanwhile, are market research analyst, marketing manager, accountant, operations research analyst, and financial advisor.