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Event Management Career Opportunities: A Guide for You

Event Management Career Opportunities: A Guide for You

August 5, 2022

Are you someone who loves creating awesome experiences and bringing people together?

If that sounds like you, then there are many event management career opportunities out there for you to explore.

In this guide, we’ll go deep into the world of event management jobs.

We’ll talk about all the different kinds of jobs you can do, the skills you’ll need, and the fun challenges you’ll face when planning amazing events.

Whether you’re thinking about trying out a new job or just getting started, this guide will give you lots of helpful info and tips to understand and succeed in the world of event management.

In this guide we focus on event management career opportunities. If you want to find out more generally what event management is all about, click here.

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Career Paths in Event Management – with average annual salaries

When you’re thinking about working in event management, it’s important to know what you’ll be responsible for and what skills you’ll need.

Here are a few examples of career paths in event management.

  • Event Manager: Makes sure that events run smoothly and are successful. They organise the budget, logistics, and coordination to create memorable experiences.

Average annual salary: AUD $75,000 to $95,000 (Seek).

  • Event Producer: Responsible for planning and managing events from start to finish, including the creative parts and making sure everything runs smoothly.

Average annual salary: AUD $94, 000 (Indeed).

  • Event Director: Provides leadership and vision for events. They make sure that events match the goals of the organisation and provide great experiences for everyone.

Average annual salary: AUD $145,500 (Jooble).

  • Venue Manager: Take care of event spaces, like booking, maintenance, and making sure customers are happy. They ensure that venues run well and meet the needs of clients.

Average annual salary: AUD $80,000 to $95,000 (Seek).

  • Exhibition Manager: Organises art, trade, or public exhibitions. They handle logistics, work with exhibitors, and make sure visitors have a good experience.

Average annual salary: AUD $75,000 to $95,000 (Seek).

  • Conference Manager: Plans and organises conferences, seminars, and business meetings. They take care of logistics, scheduling, and make sure attendees have a good experience.

Average annual salary: AUD $90,000 (Talent).

  • Fashion Show Manager: Manages all aspects of fashion events, like choosing models, planning the runway, and making the show look great.

Average annual salary: AUD $60,000 (Indeed).

  • Festival Manager: Plans and manages large festivals and cultural events. They handle programming, logistics, and coordination for successful festivals.

Average annual salary: AUD $75,000 to $95,000 (Seek).

  • Wedding Organiser: Plans and coordinates weddings, making sure every detail contributes to a couple’s dream celebration. They handle vendor coordination, budgeting, and logistics for seamless weddings.

Average annual salary: AUD $76,000 (Glassdoor). 

Other event management careers include: 

  • Theming Consultant
  • Event Logistics Crew
  • Special Events Manager
  • Sponsorship Manager
  • Social Media Manager
  • Public Relations Officer
  • Corporate Event Planner
  • And more!

Watch ICMS alumna Melissa Coller speak about her ICMS industry training at the Four Seasons Hotel in Sydney where she spent nine months working in their Banquets Department while still a student.

Melissa is now an Event Manager at the Australian branch of cievents, a global strategic corporate event management agency.

Educational Requirements and Skills

If you want to work in event management, most people start by getting a bachelor’s degree in event management, hospitality management, marketing, business administration, or something similar.

It’s also important to be good at talking to people, organising events, and solving problems.

You’ll need to understand how to plan events, manage money for them, work with different people who provide services, and know how to promote events.

Being good with computer programs for managing projects, running events, and using social media is also really helpful.

Lastly, you should be able to do lots of things at the same time, stay calm when things get busy, and be very careful about little details to do well in event management.

To read more about where an Event Management degree can take you in Australia, click here.

Easiest way to get a foot in the door in the event industry? Intern as part of your degree

If you study the ICMS Bachelor of Event Management, internships as part of the ICMS Work Integrated Learning (WIL) program means you spend time learning on-the-job through ICMS industry partners like Fairfax Events & Entertainment, the Australian National Maritime Museum, Disney, Sydney Film Festival, Neon and more.

In the video below, Ange explains what it’s like studying a Bachelor of Event Management at ICMS, which comes with an internship built into the degree.

She also explains the benefits of small, interactive classes and how you get a front row seat to Masterclasses featuring event industry leaders. 

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An Event Management degree offers Diverse Opportunities Across Various Sectors

Getting a degree in event management can lead to lots of different job opportunities in many areas.

People with this degree can work in planning events for companies, organising weddings and special occasions, managing events for nonprofit organisations, working in marketing that focuses on creating experiences, running trade shows and exhibitions, and even planning sports events.

The skills you learn during an event management program, like managing projects, handling money, marketing, and working with different people, are really useful in other industries too, like tourism, public relations, and entertainment.

This means that if you get a degree in event management, you can have lots of options for jobs and be able to work in different fields throughout your career.

If you are interested in working in Australia, this is a good read for a close look at the event management industry Down Under. 

Event Management the Key to a Global Career

Event management can lead to a global career because you get to work in lots of different places around the world.

As events and businesses become more global, event managers can put together big conferences, shows, and cultural events in different countries, which helps them learn about lots of cultures and gain important skills like understanding different people and being able to adapt to new situations.

These skills are useful for working in a global job market and can help you get into jobs like planning international events, managing destinations, and doing marketing on a global scale.

So, if you’re interested in a job that lets you travel and work with people from all over the world, event management could be a great choice for you!

To find out more about the ICMS Bachelor of Event Management, click here


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