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Conference and Event Organisers

Job Prospects

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.

How to become a conference and event organiser

What they do

Conference and event organisers may do some or all of these tasks:

  • develop concepts for an event
  • create plans and documentation for the event
  • work out a budget for the event
  • find and organise event contractors, staff and volunteers
  • book the venue or venues, and event equipment
  • promote and market the event to media and relevant groups
  • oversee the running of the event
  • deal with enquiries about the event
  • organise funding, sponsorship and ticketing for the event.

Skills employers look for

 According to the latest information from the New Zealand and Australian online job ads, some of the top skills employers look for include:

  • ability to plan, manage and market events
  • general skills in project and budget management
  • good skills in building relationships
  • familiarity with Microsoft Office applications.

 Source: Burning Glass Technologies’ Labor Insight™ Real-time Labor Market Information tool

Qualifications needed

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:

  • a tertiary diploma or certificate in event and/or conference management
  • a degree in management, marketing, tourism and hospitality, communications or media studies.

Cost of study

Graduate Diploma in Event ManagementBachelor 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 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.

Tenancy Services: 

Professional organisations

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).


Where to study

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.

Income and employment prospects


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.

Employment and skill shortages

Conference and event organisers’ employment

HistoricProjected Growth
2006 2013 2021 2026
2,496 3,093 3,924 4,574
  3.1% 4.0% 3.1%

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.

Employment chart

Source: Statistics NZ Census and MBIE projections

Outcomes after qualification completion*

OverseasIn further studyReceiving a benefitIn employmentMedian Salary
20% 3% 1% 66% $53,000

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.

Where to find job vacancies

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.

Trade Me Jobs: 

Career path

Conference and event organisers may work on short-term projects or be permanent employees. The organisations they may work for include:

  • events management and conference management companies
  • large corporate organisations
  • local government bodies such as city and district councils
  • charities and not-for-profit organisations
  • sporting organisations
  • educational institutions such as universities.

Some events managers are self-employed.

Related occupations

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.

  • Event Co-ordinator
  • Event Manager
  • Event Planner
  • Recreation Co-ordinator

Other information


More information on conference and event organisers is available on the Careers New Zealand website.

Careers New Zealand:


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