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Meeting, Convention, & Event Planners

Also called: Catering Manager, Conference Planning Manager, Conference Services Manager, Convention Services Manager (CSM)

Where in the military? In the military: see titles from the Air Force, Army, Coast Guard, or Marine Corps.

What they do:
Coordinate activities of staff, convention personnel, or clients to make arrangements for group meetings, events, or conventions.
On the job, you would:
  • Monitor event activities to ensure compliance with applicable regulations and laws, satisfaction of participants, and resolution of any problems that arise.
  • Confer with staff at a chosen event site to coordinate details.
  • Inspect event facilities to ensure that they conform to customer requirements.


  • customer service
  • administrative services
Arts and Humanities
  • English language


Basic Skills
  • listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions
  • talking to others
  • changing what is done based on other people's actions
  • looking for ways to help people
Problem Solving
  • noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it


  • communicate by speaking
  • listen and understand what people say
Ideas and Logic
  • notice when problems happen
  • use rules to solve problems
  • pay attention to something without being distracted


People interested in this work like activities that include leading, making decisions, and business.
They do well at jobs that need:
  • Attention to Detail
  • Cooperation
  • Dependability
  • Initiative
  • Achievement/Effort
  • Stress Tolerance


You might use software like this on the job:

Data base user interface and query software
  • MemberClicks COMPLETE
  • Microsoft Access
Project management software
  • Convention Industry Council CIC APEX Toolbox
  • Microsoft Project
Electronic mail software
  • IBM Lotus Notes
  • Microsoft Outlook


Education: (rated 4 of 5)
bachelor's degree or
associate's degree
usually needed

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