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Red carpet premiers, wine and food festivals, and philanthropic galas are just some of the events that draw people into this sector of the hospitality industry. These types of events and many more require managers who can envision a big picture and keep all the little details on track.

Event management is a growing field with growing opportunity. The Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates 44% more event jobs by 2020.

Event planning positions:

Median annual wage of meeting and convention planners in 2010 was $45,260. In 2010, median annual wages in the industries employing the largest numbers of meeting and convention planners were as follows:

Business, professional, labor, political organizations


Grantmaking and giving services


Other support services, including trade show organizers


Colleges, universities, and professional schools


Hotels and motels


Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics