Job Prospects... At a glance
Job prospects for a career as a conference and event organiser are good. Demand is strong and job opportunities are expected to continue increasing over the next eight years.
Conference and event organisers may do some or all of these tasks:
According to the latest information from the New Zealand and Australian online job ads, some of the top skills employers look for include:
Source: Burning Glass Technologies’ Labor Insight™ Real-time Labor Market Information tool
Conference and event organisers usually require a graduate diploma in event management. Some businesses may train staff on-the-job at little or no cost in the New Zealand Certificate in Tourism Conventions and Incentives - Level 4, organised through ServiceIQ.
To become a conference and event organiser you need to have prior experience in running events and/or a relevant qualification such as:
|Graduate Diploma in Event Management||Bachelor of Arts in Event Management|
|$6,000 over one year||$19,500 over three years|
Average costs in 2018 for a domestic student. Costs vary between institutions. First time students may be eligible for fees-free tertiary education for their first year of study, which will reduce the total cost. For more information about fees-free eligibility, go to feesfree.govt.nz. Some polytechnics may have a zero-fees scheme. Further costs include materials, textbooks, and accommodation.
Rents vary from place to place. Estimated market rents by region, city and suburb are available on the MBIE Tenancy Services website.
The StudyLink website provides general budget advice for students, and the Sorted website provides help with detailed budget planning.
Registration with the NZ Association of Event Professionals (NZAEP) is useful. Membership fees are based on the number of staff employed in events within your organisation (there are also individual or sole-trader memberships available).
A Bachelor of Arts in Event Management can be studied at universities. The Graduate Diploma in Event Management can be studied at polytechnics. On-the-job training is organised through ServiceIQ.
In 2017, the average annual income for conference and event organisers was estimated to be around $51,250.
|Estimated Average Income|
Source: MBIE estimates based on Statistics NZ Census and Labour Cost Index.
Conference and event organisers’ employment
Source: Statistics NZ Census and MBIE projections. Percentages are compound annual growth rates.
*Growth projections are for the broader category “Miscellaneous Hospitality, Retail and Service Managers”.
Employment in the broader category of ‘Miscellaneous hospitality, retail and service managers’, grew at more than 3% each year from 2006 to 2013. Very high levels of growth are expected to continue until 2026.
Source: Statistics NZ Census and MBIE projections
|Overseas||In further study||Receiving a benefit||In employment||Median Salary|
Source: Tertiary Education Commission
*Three years after completion of Bachelor Degree - Business & Management.
The vast majority of graduates were either in employment or overseas three years after completing a bachelor’s degree in business and management.The median salary was estimated to be around $53,000 three years after graduation.
The number of online job vacancies for conference and event organisers has followed the overall trend in the average of all vacancies since 2008. This means that the number of job advertisements for conference and event organisers has been growing since 2010.
Jobs advertised chart
Source: Ministry of Business, Innovation & Employment
Conference and event organiser vacancies are advertised through public media such as the Trade Me Jobs and Seek websites.
Conference and event organisers may work on short-term projects or be permanent employees. The organisations they may work for include:
Some events managers are self-employed.
The following occupations are related roles or alternative titles. Some of the roles may require a higher level of skill than entry-level conference and event organisers.
More information on conference and event organisers is available on the Careers New Zealand website.
Careers New Zealand: www.careers.govt.nz
The Australian New Zealand Standard Classification of Occupations (ANZSCO) is the official classification of occupations in New Zealand.
The occupation of conference and event organisers has been coded to the following ANZSCO code for the purpose of this report:
1493 – Conference and Event Organisers