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What do I need to study to become an Event Manager?

Edith Cowan University

Start an exciting new career as a hospitality strategic leader with this specialised Master of International Hospitality Management course from Edith Cowan University.


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What is an Event Manager?

Event Managers are responsible for overseeing the organisation and execution of all types of functions; from office parties, conventions and conferences to concerts, food festivals and sporting events.
From start to finish, the Event Manager is involved in almost every aspect of planning and running an event. They meet with clients to discuss budgets and expectations, define the desired style and determine the objectives of the event.

Once objectives have been set, the Event Manager liaises with vendors, caterers, venue coordinators and other specialists to develop a plan of attack. They book locations and catering, interview staff and contractors and organise ticket sales and equipment hire; all while monitoring and working within the constraints of the client’s budget.

An Event Manager is also typically on-site during the event to monitor staff, resolve issues and guarantee that everything runs as smoothly as possible. Additionally, they are responsible for ensuring that all aspects of the event comply with local regulations and health and safety standards.

What do Event Managers do?

  • Meeting with clients to determine event requirements, budgets, styles and objectives.
  • Developing and presenting plans, designs and schedules.
  • Negotiating and booking event services such as venues, catering, performers, decorators and staff.
  • Organising equipment specifications and hire.
  • Arranging ticketing or registration of attendees.
  • Creating and implementing event marketing and promotions.
  • Overseeing work of contractors, managing staff and resolving issues on-site.

Career snapshot for Event Manager

  • The average age of working Event Managers is 35.
  • 24.10% of Event Managers are male.
  • 76.40% of Event Managers work full-time and on average they work around 37.6 hours per week.
  • With An Associate Degree or Diploma, Event Managers get paid $1,313 per week Before Tax.
  • Unemployment levels are below average.
  • In 2015 records showed 25,900 employed Event Managers.
  • The projected growth of the profession is estimated to be very strong with employment numbers around 31,400 by 2020.