Alabama Department of Labor

Labor Market Information Division
SOC: 13-1121 Meeting and Convention Planners
Coordinate activities of staff and convention personnel to make arrangements for group meetings and conventions.
Education: Most of these occupations require a four-year bachelor's degree, but some do not.
OJT: Employees in these occupations usually need several years of work-related experience, on-the-job training, and/or vocational training.
Tasks: Consult with customers to determine objectives and requirements for events such as meetings, conferences, and conventions. Review event bills for accuracy, and approve payment. Coordinate services for events, such as accommodation and transportation for participants, facilities, catering, signage, displays, special needs requirements, printing and event security. Arrange the availability of audio-visual equipment, transportation, displays, and other event needs. Confer with staff at a chosen event site to coordinate details. Inspect event facilities to ensure that they conform to customer requirements. Maintain records of event aspects, including financial details. Monitor event activities to ensure compliance with applicable regulations and laws, satisfaction of participants, and resolution of any problems that arise. Negotiate contracts with such service providers and suppliers as hotels, convention centers, and speakers. Evaluate and select providers of services according to customer requirements. Plan and develop programs, agendas, budgets, and services according to customer requirements. Hire, train, and supervise volunteers and support staff required for events. Conduct post-event evaluations to determine how future events could be improved. Direct administrative details such as financial operations, dissemination of promotional materials, and responses to inquiries. Meet with sponsors and organizing committees to plan scope and format of events, to establish and monitor budgets, or to review administrative procedures and event progress. Read trade publications, attend seminars, and consult with other meeting professionals to keep abreast of meeting management standards and trends.
License: License not required.
Outlook: Satisfactory
Alabama Employment Outlook
Alabama Wage Data
Hourly Wage   Annual Wage
Entry $13.84   Entry $28,776.00
Mean $21.56   Mean $44,860.00
Experience $25.43 Experience $52,891.00

The data is based on the May 2017 Occupation Employment Survey employment and wage estimate file. The wages have been aged using the most current ECI factors reflecting wages as of June 2018.

Alabama Projections
Estimated Employment 2016Projected Employment 2026Annual Average OpeningsAnnual Growth Rate
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Occupational Videos
13-1121.00 Meeting, Convention, and Event Planners