Meeting planning lands top spot

Do you love your job planning meetings, events and conventions? You aren’t alone. U.S. News and World Report named meeting planning the No. 1 best business job in its Best Jobs of 2012 report. The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts meeting planner employment to grow by more than 40 percent between 2010 and 2020. Favorable job prospects, salaries and the rewarding nature of the work are among the reasons the positions landed first on the list.

South by Southwest, the annual 10-day music, film, and interactive conference and festival in Austin, Texas, is a difficult yet enjoyable event to plan, says Mike Shea, executive director of the conference. He says to enjoy being a meeting planner, you have to thrive under pressure and love the challenge. “For 51 weeks, [event planning is] like building a bungee-jump tower out of toothpicks; it’s tedious and demanding,” Shea told U.S. News and World Report. “On week 52, you climb to the top and tie the bungee to your ankle and hope everything holds. Then you dust yourself off and start all over again.”

Meeting planning landed the top business job, and ranked No. 16 top job overall. Recently, the career made another list: the country’s most stressful jobs.

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