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The Big List of Event Planning Jobs

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Where to begin on your search for an event planning job.

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If you enjoy working on events and servicing the needs of large groups then there are plenty of career choices out there for you. The thing is, a lot potential event planners get stuck looking specifically for Event Planning Jobs. Sure, there are a few of those in every city, but a more diverse list of opportunities exists outside of this designation. Event planning requires a broad set of skills, and you might find a better job match by focusing on the specific parts of planning that interest you the most.

Listed below here are several positions that are related to event planning in some way. You can use this resource to expand your job search, or to target opportunities best suited for your existing areas of expertise.

Corporate Positions Related to Event Planning
Includes event duties related to product launches, employee training, conventions, trade shows, and marketing events.
Meeting Planner
Activities & Events Planner
Meeting & Event Planner
Event Operations Manager
Conference Planner
Association Event Planner
Event Planner/Analyst
Exhibition Coordinator
Special Events Planner
Convention Planner
Legal Marketing and Events Planner
Senior Event Planner
Field Events Manager
Event Coordinator
Retail Events Representative
Marketing Coordinator
Student Event Planner Trade Show Promotions

Non-Profit Positions Related to Event Planning
Includes event duties related to fundraising activities, sponsorship recruitment, volunteer coordination and general event management.
Program Manager
Program Supervisor
Program Coordinator
Executive Assistant
Community Relations Manager
Development Director
Sponsorship Coordinator
Communications Assistant
Development Specialist
Community Market Manager
Fund Development Coordinator
Donor Relations
Volunteer Coordinator
Volunteer Services Specialist
Event Coordinator
Campaign and Event Coordinator

Hotel and Restaurant Positions Related to Event Planning
Includes event duties related to hotels, conference centers, catering companies, convention centers, and restaurants with event space.
Catering Sales Manager
Hotel Catering Sales Manager
Convention and Catering Operations Manager
Catering Services Manager
Catering Manager
Restaurant and Catering Operations
Catering and Convention Services Manager
Social Catering Manager
Assistant Catering Director
Director of Special Events
Catering and Specials Events Manager

Tourism and Resort Positions Related to Event Planning
Includes event duties related to vacation resorts, cruise ships, exotic tours and the marketing of those destinations and services.
International Tourism Sales Manager
Tourism Promotion Manager
Project Coordinator, Chamber of Commerce
Communications Specialist, Chamber of Commerce
Public Relations Specialist, Chamber of Commerce
Parks Volunteer Coordinator
Amusement Park Marketing Coordinator
Assistant Resort Manager
Resorts Operations Manager
Resort Promotions & Marketing
Resort Marketing Coordinator
Tour Receptionist
Concierge
Resort Recreations Manager
Resort Activities Director
Festival Coordinator

Sports Positions Related to Event Planning
Includes event duties related to youth organizations, gameday operations, facilities management and event marketing.
Field Sports Manager
Tournament Director
Assistant Campus Operations Manager
Director of Event Marketing
Senior Special Events Coordinator
Event Project Manager
Game Day Staff
Operations Supervisor
Event Manager
Site Development & Programming
Director of Event Services
Sponsorship Coordinator

Related Skills Positions
Event planners typically have several skills that transition well into outside positions. Here are some general job categories to consider in your search...
Project Management
Operations Management
Marketing Specialist
Training Management
Social Media Specialist

This is by no means a complete list of career opportunities related to the planning industry, but it should serve as a good place to begin for those of you who are having trouble thinking of different angles to explore. The key to a successful job hunt is being able to transfer your skills to the needs of the employer. This of course starts with an effective resume and good interview skills. Communicating your special talents as an event planner can land you the job of your dreams, but you must be able to sell your skills as the best match for the job opening.

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