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Your Event Planning Career

As the demand for meetings, events, and weddings grow, so does the need for professional and experienced planners. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, jobs for event planners are projected to grow more than 10% by 2026.

Is a career in event planning right for you?

You’ll thrive as a professional event planner if you:

  • Enjoy meeting new people

  • Have excellent organizational skills

  • Enjoy planning and working with numbers

  • Are creative and enjoy keeping up with trends

  • Love to take on new challenges

  • Can follow through with your work

  • Are self-motivated

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Maria

“After planning my wedding I knew this is what I wanted to do. I enrolled in the QC Event and Wedding Planning course to earn my certificate. A year and half later I’ve planned two weddings and three more are in the queue. To see my dreams come full circle has been surreal.”

—Marie Luciano, IEWP and owner of Littles n’ Lace Events

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Career Opportunities


Choose from a number of career opportunities in the event and wedding planning industry:

  • Start an event and wedding planning business. Be your own boss!

  • Plan meetings, fundraisers and industry events for corporate clients

  • Work as an in-house planner for companies and organizations

  • Become a destination wedding planner and travel as you work

  • Work with high-profile clients planning luxury events

  • Style weddings and events with professional event décor

  • Plan live events in various industries, such as music festivals and sports games

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Michelle Panton

“I’m happy to have the opportunity to work with amazing and talented people in our industry and the chance to work in completely different and unique wedding locations and venues. From a converted country convent to a glamorous city venue, beach locations, and historic homes and gardens—every day is different.”

—Michelle Panton, IWPP and owner of Belle Weddings and Events

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Your Event Planner Salary

For skilled event planners, the average salary and income is increasing worldwide. With high demand for professional event planning services, planners have great earning potential in the industry!

  • According to the US Department of Labor and the Government of Canada Job Bank, North American planners can expect to earn on average $22-23 per hour or approximately $45,000 per year. Your earning potential increases as you gain experience in the industry!1, 2

  • MyFuture, an Australian job outlook resource, reports that Australian planners make around $52,676 annually.3

  • UK’s National Career Service suggests that entry level planners may start at salaries of £17,000 to £21,000 but these salaries will increase with a few years of experience to £25,000 to £40,000!4

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Ready to start earning an event planner’s salary? Begin your journey with QC’s event certification classes!

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Cody Grannis

“Amore Events is really taking off and I couldn’t be more proud! One thing that I would really love to do sometime in the future is open up a wedding venue.”

—Cody Grannis, IEWP and owner of Amore Events

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Free E-book

Download QC’s Becoming an Event Planner e-book and find out what your career as an event planner could look like.

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Event Planner Training

Find your dream job in the event planning industry! QC gives you the tools you need to succeed, whether you’re starting your own event business or working in-house. Learn more about QC’s complete business training!

Event Business Start-up Series

Each certification from QC Event School comes with complete business training to help you become a successful event planner. Your own business is in reach – QC is here to help in the process of setting up your event planning business. You’ll learn the importance of registering your company, invoicing clients, and how to draft business and marketing plans.

You’ll also learn to:

  • Conduct market research

  • Manage your finances

  • Set up your office

  • Design your branding

  • Set up a digital marketing plan

  • Price your event services

  • Respond to RFPs

  • Manage projects effectively

  • Write contracts, invoices, and change orders

  • Network with vendors

  • And much more!

Plus, you’ll always have access to QC Event School’s blog, Pointers for Planners, where you’ll find useful tips, course samples, and business advice for event planners!


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Your Career Resources

Enroll with QC Event School to get lifetime access to all of the career resources you need to be a successful event planner! You can download and use these resources throughout your entire career.

  • Business templates such as budget spreadsheets, contracts and invoices

  • QC’s Pointers for Planner’s Blog filled with articles on the latest best practices

  • The Career Center where you can access useful tools to help you find work in the event industry

  • The Professional Profile Builder where you can easily create your own online profile

  • Continuing education discounts exclusive to QC students and graduates

  • QC Event School certification badges for your website

  • Membership information for professional event associations

  • The student forum where you can exchange ideas with other event planning students

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  1. http://www.bls.gov/ooh/Business-and-Financial/Meeting-convention-and-event-planners.htm
  2. http://www.jobbank.gc.ca/report-eng.do?area=11326&lang=eng&noc=1226&action=final&ln=n&s=1&source=8#report_tabs_container2
  3. http://myfuture.edu.au/explore-careers/browse-occupations/details?anzsco=149311A
  4. https://nationalcareersservice.direct.gov.uk/advice/planning/jobprofiles/Pages/eventsmanager.aspx