Special Events Coordinator

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Career Description

Event planning is the process of planning a festival, ceremony , competition , party, concert, or convention.

Career Details


Special events coordinators take care of all the details of an event, including booking meeting locations and hotels, managing budgets, negotiating contracts, arranging transportation and hiring vendors. You might also perform public relations tasks related to the event, such as creating brochures, negotiating sponsorships and alerting the media. Special events coordinators can work for agencies, which generally offer services for specific types of event planning, or as planners for conference centers or large corporations. Event planning also includes some or all of the following:

  • developing a theme or motif for the event, arranging for speakers and alternate speakers, coordinating location support (such as electricity and other utilities), arranging decor, tables, chairs, tents, event support and security, catering, police, fire, portable toilets, parking, emergency plans, health care professionals, and cleanup.
Average Hours/Working Schedule:

  • $24,000 & $53,000 a year
  • Long, irregular hours are usually required
  • The work of a special events coordinator is very fast paced and often includes working nights and weekends, especially before an event; you might also travel to out-of-town conferences and events.

Education Needed

Most employers prefer that you have a bachelor's degree in hospitality management, business, marketing, public relations or communications, as well as some of your past work experience.

Job outlook

Very fast-growing career (44% job growth from 2010-2020)

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Skills Required

  • Exceptional organization

  • Attention to detail
  • Knack for juggling many activities at once
  • Multitasking
  • Talent for creative problem solving
  • Aptitude for planning and following budgets
  • Ability to work independently
  • Strong communication Skills
  • Interpersonal
  • Marketing and public relation skills