The Big List of Event Planning Jobs

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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

Large corporations often have roles related to product launches, employee training, conventions, trade shows and marketing events, such as:

  • 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

Non-profits need professionals to help with fundraising activities, sponsorship recruitment, volunteer coordination and general event management. Job titles in non-profits include:

  • 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

Hotels host many events and need staff to coordinate them. Event planning roles include:

  • 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

Tourist event planners work for vacation resorts, cruise ships, and exotic tours. Job titles include:

  • 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

In sports, you may work with organizations, gameday operations or facilities management in positions like:

  • 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.