If you love organizing a party or coordinating meetings and other events, you likely already have the skills needed for Special Events Coordinator jobs. Depending on what type of Special Events Coordinator you become you may find yourself performing tasks such as selecting a venue, managing the budget, collecting bids from service providers, planning a menu, and attending the event to ensure it goes as planned. Some Special Events Coordinator jobs require you to be adept at planning every type of even from a child's birthday party to a corporate convention while others may be more specialized such as Government Meeting Planners and Convention Service Managers.
Special Events Coordinator Education
Most employers will look for Special Events Coordinator candidates who have a bachelor's degree. More colleges are offering tourism management and hospitality degrees, so applicants holding one of these or a related degree will likely be favored by hiring managers. However, if you have a bachelor's degree in an unrelated field, but have one or two years' experience working at a hotel or in event planning, you'll still be in the running.
Special Events Coordinator Job Market
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics the outlook is good for Special Events Coordinators. People are increasingly turning to professionals to help plan and execute every type of event from weddings to conventions and international business meetings. This translates into an expected 33 percent growth in the industry, up from 94,200 Special Events Coordinator jobs in 2012 to an estimated 125,400 by 2022.
Special Events Coordinator Salaries
As can be expected with any job that requires a degree, Special Events Coordinators can command a higher salary than others who don't hold degrees. In 2012, the median salary was $45,810. This is no 9 to 5 job, so expect to work weekends, evenings and long hours, especially if your goal is to earn the $79,270 paycheck that the top 10 percent take home.