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Event Planning Careers—#57 with a Bullet

The U.S. News and World Report's latest 100 Best Jobs of 2015 report puts meeting, convention, and event planning solidly in the middle—#57—ahead of patrol officers and public relations specialists, but not quite up there with those in the top 10, seven of which are medical, interestingly enough, though not medical meeting planners! This is a jump up from coming in at #66 a couple of years ago.

Garnering a 3.2 on a five-point scale, the upsides to a planning career include above-average upward mobility, while the downside, as if I have to tell you, is that it can be a tad stressful. It's also a pretty high-growth field: The Bureau of Labor Statistics is predicting a 10-year 33.2 percent growth rate that translates to 31,300 more jobs opening up from 2012 and 2022. Check out the report to see how your salary stacks up to the average and to what planners in your area make, and for where planners make the best salaries (the results of which seem really odd to me, but what the heck).

OK everyone, let's proudly chant, "We're Number 57!"

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