Being a meeting and event professional is one of the Top 10 most stressful occupations you can have in 2015, according to an annual survey from CareerCast.com, an Internet site for finding targeted job opportunities by industry, function and location.
“Event coordinator,” described as being “responsible for planning all logistics and activities associated with the events for which he or she is coordinating,” ranked eighth, down three spots from its 2014 ranking.
CareerCast.com considers 11 factors when determining its list: amount of travel, income growth potential, deadlines, working in the public eye, competitiveness, physical demands, environmental conditions, hazards, life at risk, life of someone else at risk and meeting the public. Here are the 2015 rankings, with the median annual salary for each and, in parentheses, the profession’s 2014 ranking:
- Firefighter, $45,600 (3)
- Enlisted military personnel, $29,000 (1)
- Military general, $196,300 (2)
- Airline pilot, $98,410 (4)
- Police officer, $57,000 (9)
- Actor, $46,000
- Broadcaster, $60,000
- Event coordinator, $46,000 (5)
- Photojournalist, $43,000
- Newspaper reporter $37,000 (8)
Three professions are new to the 2015 list: actor, broadcaster and photojournalist. Three jobs on the 2014 list didn’t finish in the 2015 Top 10: public relations executive, which ranked sixth; senior corporate executive, which ranked seventh; and taxi driver, which finished 10th.
If you’re a planner, and you think high stress equals high reward, you’re wrong. A 2014 Meetings and Conventions magazine survey, its first in four years, showed that event professionals have seen little increase in pay since 2010; in some cases, they’ve had a dip in pay. The case for compensation is even worse for women, who earn about $30,000 less each year than their male counterparts.
The M&C survey did show salary figures that are significantly higher than the $46,000 per year cited by CareerCast.com. M&C showed corporate salaries remaining unchanged since 2010, averaging about $76,000. Association planner pay actually dropped 2 percent, to an average of $73,000. The gender-based disparity showed that men who earned significantly more than their female counterparts tended to be a bit older with more experience and longer hours.
Finally, somewhat alarmingly, a third of respondents said they were less satisfied with their jobs than in the previous year. Survey details HERE.