Hospitality Careers Really Hot Right Now

By Doug Baarman

Organizations, businesses and individuals often rely on the services of meeting and event planners to coordinate conventions, business meetings, trade shows and private parties. For those of us that work in the meeting, convention and event planning industry…the following is great news:

Seven Careers that are Sweeping the Nation

Career #3: Meeting, Convention, and Event Planners

Wouldn’t it be nice to throw a party at someone else’s expense? Look into the hot career of event planner, and you might like what you see.

Meeting, convention, and event planners arrange all aspects of professional meetings and events, says the U.S. Department of Labor. This means planning every detail, from the location of the event, to the transportation for guests.

Hot Factors: The Department of Labor projects careers for meeting, convention, and event planners to grow by 44 percent from 2010 to 2020. That means the field could add 31,300 jobs – up from just 71,600 in 2010.

Shatkin says the growth could be caused by higher expectations for conferences and events. “Some of this happened because technology needs at meetings have become more complex. But also the increases in travel and in adventurous dining have caused conference-goers to be more interested in exotic locales and food choices that go beyond everyday fare,” says Shatkin.

Jobs in Demand:

  1. Software Developer
  2. Registered Nurse
  3. Meeting, Convention and Event Planners
  4. Home Health & Personal Care Assistants
  5. Veterinarian Technologist
  6. Biomedical Engineer
  7. Market Research Analyst

Our futures in this industry are bright. If you are looking to switch gears professionally and decide the timing is right for you to make the move to being an independent planner, I believe this data supports your decision. I am happy to speak with you if you want to further discuss this career move.

One thought on “Hospitality Careers Really Hot Right Now

  • July 17, 2013 at 12:40 am

    Unfortunately, this places a too rosy picture on jobs that are increasingly given to non-professionals. The general trend is toward organizations placing the responsibility of event planning and meeting planning to executive assistants or having people with other responsibilities (e.g. Marketing) do this job.


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