When you think of an event planner you probably have a vision of a hotel or corporate employee who is always running around with a clipboard and cell phone, instructing everyone in the room on what should go where. Yes, this model of the "typical planner" does exist in some settings, but the role of event planners has expanded steadily over the last decade.
The great thing about the next generation of event careers is the diversity of positions available. As the industry has grown, more job opportunities have evolved that require specific levels of expertise. Whereas yesterday's planner may have coordinated events for the marketing department, the modern position for this task is referred to as the "marketing assistant" or "marketing event specialist."
That is just one example of how you can now search for event jobs within industries and capacities that suit your individual strengths. The do-it-all planner is being replaced by those with more specialized skills because events are growing in both number and scale. You can significantly expand your career search by including some of the ideas in my Big List of Event Planning Jobs.