Planning Meetings and Special Events

Welcome to Planning Meetings and Special Events. Being a meetings and special events planner is an important job that's both demanding and rewarding. The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects this profession will grow by 43.7 percent between 2010 and 2020.

It's not all fun and parties, though. In 2012, CareerCast ranked being an event planner as the sixth most stressful job, with soldiers and firefighters holding the top two positions. That's because a meeting coordinator is responsible for every detail of an event. Planners have to know how to communicate, be empathetic, and think of their clients. It's crucial to remember that in some instances the event will be a once-in-a-lifetime occasion, so it's important to get it right.

Being a meetings and events planner can be an interesting career, one that you can be sure won't ever be boring.


  • Recognize the skills needed to work in this industry.
  • Develop generic skills that can be used in many positions.
  • Learn the acronyms of the meetings and planning special events industry.
  • Understand the great importance of accepting responsibility.
  • Consider the opportunities for pursuing a career in this field.

This course starts with an historical overview and continues by equipping students with the skills and perspectives they need to plan meetings and special events. All resources and materials are online. The only prerequisites are the ability to write, think, and question. If there's an opportunity to do hands-on meeting planning, take advantage of it to put into practice some of the information you'll learn.

State: National, California, Florida, Georgia, New York, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Texas, Utah, Washington
Grade Level: 9, 10, 11, 12
Category: Hospitality & Tourism
Course Length: Semester