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Meeting Planner: Best Business Job of 2012


If you love your job, you're not the only one: U.S. News & World Report loves it, too, as it has named "Meeting, Convention & Event Planner" the No. 1 best business job of 2012, and the year's No. 16 best job overall.


"The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) projects meeting, convention and event planner employment growth of 43.7 percent between 2010 and 2020, adding 31,300 more jobs," the weekly newsmagazine reported in its Feb. 27 edition. "Favorable job prospects (as well as strong job satisfaction scores) help this profession rank in the top tier of 'The Best Jobs of 2012.'"


According to U.S. News, which cites BLS data, the median annual wage for meeting, convention and event planners was $45,260 in 2010. The best-paid 10 percent in the field made approximately $76,840, it said, while the bottom 10 percent made approximately $27,090. The highest paid planners work in the metropolitan areas of Poughkeepsie, N.Y.; Lowell, Mass.; and Kingston, N.Y.


Rounding out the top 10 on U.S. News' "Best Business Jobs" list are, in order from No. 2 to No. 10: Sales Representative, Accountant, Receptionist, Financial Adviser, Customer Service Representative, HR Training Specialist, Insurance Agent, Financial Analyst and Executive Assistant.