US News and World Report named meeting, convention and event planning one of the top 100 jobs in the country, coming in at No. 66. The Bureau of Labor Statistics projected the profession to see 43.7 percent growth from 2010 to 2020, adding more than 31,000 new jobs during the decade. The median salary is $46,020, while those in the 75th percentile can expect $60,100 in salary. According to the bureau, meetings professionals in the metropolitan areas of Lowell, Mass., Framingham, Mass., and Poughkeepsie, N.Y., have the highest average salary.
US News categorized planning professionals as having above average upward mobility and stress levels with average flexibility. While some schools do offer specific meetings management degrees, real-world experience is considered the most important aspect when getting into the field, according US News.