Occupational Takeover: A Case Study

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In the July of 2015, ChloeBeth Soileau and her mother, Kim Soileau were hard at work organizing Kim’s father’s surprise 80th birthday party. No detail had gone unnoticed. The tables, chairs, decorations, barbecue sandwiches, chips, iced tea, and sodas were all in place as each guest arrived. After “Surprise!” was said and “Happy Birthday” was sung, ChloeBeth stayed on her toes making sure all of the guests had what they needed and were having a splendid time. She realized later that evening that what she had done that day was much like the work of an event planner. Because she had so enjoyed every moment of planning for and coordinating her grandfather’s surprise party, she decided this was the job for her. Aspiring event planners, like ChloeBeth, …show more content…
The Occupational Outlook Handbook says: “The median annual wage for event planners was $45,810 in May 2012” and “the top 10% earned more than $79,270” (5). The article goes on to say that while the number of employed event planners in 2012 was 94,200, it is expected to increase to 125,400 by 2022 (“Summary” 6). This jump represents a 33% increase in employment in only ten years (“Summary” 6). Another article on the job outlook of this field says that the “employment is expected to grow faster than the average for all occupations (“Event and Meeting” 1). The fact that only 56,000 planners were employed in 2008 shows that the career of event planning has been on the rise for years (“Event and Meeting” 1). Right now in the state of Louisiana, the job growth rate is at a massive 68% with 420 planners currently employed (“Career Outlook” 4). That alone shows that this is a rapidly growing and expanding occupation! Although Louisiana provides impressive statistics, larger cities in more populated states do so to a greater degree. The great state of Texas makes Louisiana’s number look like a spec of dust. According to an article on the job outlook of meeting and event planners, Texas currently employees over 4,400 (“Career Outlook” 3). This does not come as a surprise considering the fact that Dallas and Houston, Texas, are amongst the top ten event planner employer cities in the nation employing over 1,000 planners each (“Top 10 Cities” 1). Other cities with a high concentration of this type of job include New York City, New York, Boston, Michigan, and Chicago, Illinois (“Event Coordinator” 1). Greater New York takes the lead for the city with the most jobs in this field at an impressive 4,070 (“Top 10 Cities 1). California leads in the state category at an even more impressive

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