Employment of meeting, convention, and event planners is projected to grow 18% from 2021 to 2031, much faster than the average for all occupations. About 16,600 openings for meeting, convention, and event planners are projected each year, on average, over the decade. Many of those openings are expected to result from the need to replace workers who transfer to different occupations or exit the labor force, such as retirement (Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2022).
According to the IUPUI First Destination Survey in 2021, the average starting salary reported for School of Health and Human Science graduates was $44,206, and the median salary was $38,000.
The median annual salary for meeting, convention, and event planners was $49,470 in 2021 (Occupational Outlook Handbook).
(This section is intended for informational purposes, not prediction of actual salary.)
Graduates in tourism, conventions, and event management often pursue advanced degrees in the following areas:
- Business (M.B.A.)
- Human resource management
- Public or nonprofit administration (M.P.A.)