How To Become an Event Planner

If you'd like to learn how to become a Event Planner, this article will tell you how; from the requirements to becoming an event planner, to salary and job information. The Bureau of Labor and Statistics classifies this occupation under the title of Meeting, Convention, and Event Planners. This sounds like a profession with a lot more to it than meets the eye, and is beyond just planning a "great party".

Event Planner Job Description

A successful Event Planner listens to their client, understands the intention of the event being held, and creates and brings to life the vision and requests the client has. Clients can range from those holding a wedding, to hosting travel accomodations and entertainment for VIP's traveling to review client contracts and more... The business world is endless in it's need for an Event Planner.

The Olympics needed one.

Comicons need them.

Jack and Jill need them for their wedding.

Healthcare companies need them.

Meeting Management teams need them.

Golf Clubs need them.

Information Technology companies need them.

You are wanted!! As an Event Planner, you will become familiar with venue selection, the catering available, production and entertainment, transportation needed depending upon the event, lodging, conference services, as well as relationships with slorists, suppliers, equipment retal services, and more.

Education Requirements

Most positions reviewed a the time of this articel wanted applicants to have one or two years exprience, and have a bachelor's degree. Companies who required a Bachelor's Degree also paid more for their advertised Event Planner position. One or two companies onlh required a minimum of an Associate's Degree, but those positions paid less than the positions of other companies who required high education. Most companies were requesting applicants to have a Bachelor's Degree in Business or Hospitality Management.


Many major companies hiring at the time this article was written wanted applicants to have a year or two experience as an Event Planner. Working well under pressure, remaining composed and confident will liken your customers to you, and they will be more inclined to hire you again. Successful event planners develop these skills:

  • High organization and time management
  • Prioritize multi-tasking
  • Manage projects
  • Computer saavy
  • Detail oriented and deadline sensitive
  • Excellent verbal and written communications
  • Works calmly and personably under pressure
  • Self-starter and team player
  • Negotiation skills
  • Budget management
  • Manage staff, or staffing for an event
  • Marketing and public relations
  • Interpersonal skills with all levels of management

A good Event Planner also runs de-brief meetings to review service expectations, difficulties the staff or contracted individuals are experiencing, issues, and opportunities for development and refinement prior to the scheduled event. This is also an opportunity to review outstanding achievements, appreciations and recognitions leading up tp the event so far, boosting team morale and instilling confidence in your team.

Event Planner Salary Information

As of 2010, the Bureau of Labor and Statistics reports the profession of Event Planning as growing faster than the national average, at 44%!! The average yearly salary in 2010 was $45,260 per year, which equates to $21.76 per hour.