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How to Become an Event Manager - Career Salaries, Job Stats & Education

How to Become an Event Manager - Career Salaries, Job Stats & Education

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**Open Colleges does not currently offer any Event Management courses**

Become empowered and motivated by building on your current knowledge, or step into a certificate course that gives you the confidence to take your career to the next level. Open Colleges has a range of courses to give you the specific skills you are hoping to gain, whether in Event Management, Marketing or Public Relations.

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Event Manager Outlook

The graph shows historical and projected (to 2019) employment levels (thousands) for this occupation.

Source: *Job Outlook Government website. ABS Labour Force Survey, DEEWR trend data to November 2014 and DEEWR projections to 2019. Estimates have been rounded.

Over the five years to November 2019, the number of job openings for Event Managers is expected to be average (between 10,001 and 25,000). Job openings count both employment growth and turnover (defined as workers leaving their occupation for other employment or leaving the workforce).

Employment for Event Managers to November 2019 is expected to grow very strongly. Employment in this large sized occupation (26,300 in November 2014) grew very strongly in the past five years and in the long-term (ten years).

Event Manager Salary

Source: *Job Outlook Government website. ABS EEBTUM survey August 2014 cat. no. 6310.0. Estimates have been rounded and consequently some discrepancies may occur between sums of the component items and totals.

Note: These figures are indicative and cannot be used to determine a particular wage rate. lists the wage for Event Managers (in Australia, mid-career) as being between a median of $69 000 per annum and $92 000 at the highest end of the market.

Please note: For roles as an Event Manager, rates of pay will vary depending on the type of business and the type of environment.

Event Management Weekly Work Hours

The graph shows the average weekly hours (by gender and full-time and part-time) worked for this occupation, compared with all occupations. 

Event Managers have an average proportion of full-time jobs (71.6 per cent). For Event Managers working full-time, average weekly hours are 41.8 (compared to 40.9 for all occupations) and earnings are average - in the sixth decile. 

Source: *Job Outlook Government website. ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2014.


Event Manager Age Profile

The fast-paced, dynamic nature of event management appeals most to individuals aged 25-34 years old, as shown by the chart above. 

Source: ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2014.


Event Manager Education Levels

The most common form of education certification attained by Event Managers is a Bachelors (44.7 per cent), with a Diploma/Advanced Diploma following afterwards (23.0 per cent)

Source: *Job Outlook Government website. ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2014.


What Event Management Qualification Do You Need?

Certificate in Public Relations and Event Management

Start from the beginning. Develop an understanding for communication, promotion and media relations and how it relates with event management. Under the guidance of a tutor with international experience, students will also develop the practical skills to prepare media kits and releases, manage campaigns and plan events.

Diploma of Events

Launch a career in the exciting and dynamic world of event management. Throughout this course you'll learn how to plan, manage and run a variety of events for different types of clients. You'll develop budgeting and project management skills, as well as how to select a venue and promote your event. A set of elective subjects allows you to specialise in your area of interest.

Interview with a professional from the Event Management Industry

Meegan Jia Good


Meegan Jia Good

Event Experience Designer at The Good Event Company

Melbourne, Victoria



In two sentences, tell us what a bit about your role in the Event Management industry.

I am an event experience designer. I help corporate companies and organisations create unique event experiences that facilitate interaction and build company culture and a sense of community.

What does an Event Manager do on a day to day basis?

As an Event Manager, you are constantly referring to your Event Planner and timeline, talking to vendors, suppliers and stakeholders. You also need to dedicate some time researching elements related to events such as styling, lighting and unique spaces to host events. 

What skills/attributes do potential Event Managers need to have?

I think a good event manager should be very organised and efficient with their time to ensure you have enough time to plan your event experience. You will need to be adaptable and flexible as your constantly being thrown challenges and disruptions from your plans from all angles (customer, stakeholder, vendors etc.). Also, being creative and inventive is something that will set you apart from other Event Managers. Don't be afraid to try something new or take an idea from someone and improve on it.

What are the best parts of being an Event Manager?

I love working with people and seeing the attendees and my clients excited by the events I plan. Giving them the 'wow factor' s really important to me as an Event Manager. I always try to bring something unique and interactive to my events. 

What advice would you offer students looking to become an Event Manager?

My three tips would be:

1. Follow other event companies on social media to stay up to date with event trends.

2. Build strong relationships with your supplies and venues.

3. If something goes badly at your event, just look for the best solution to the problem and remember to breathe! We all learn from our mistakes, so just make sure that you do with a smile on your face. 

Thanks Meegan, for sharing your story with Open Colleges.

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