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Employer/Recruiter Resources

Smart talent management means tapping your team’s full potential to drive your organization toward its goals. These resources will help you manage your staff to achieve peak performance. 

Job Summaries/Descriptions/Salary Benchmarking

IAEE has identified job roles for exhibition professionals that are common across organizations.  These positions are available in various categories and include core knowledge and task domains, job purpose, duties and responsibilities, qualifications, working conditions, physical requirements, average number of direct reports, average number of events produced, industry experiences and average salary information.  This information helps to guide one in determining a career path in the exhibitions and events industry.

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The CEM Designation

The Certified in Exhibition Management® (CEM) designation is a globally recognized designation that demonstrates the highest professional standard throughout the exhibition and event management arena. It was first created in 1975 to raise professional standards in the events industry and it continues to be the premier mark of professional achievement.

The CEM designation accommodates short and long-term career goals with education that can be tailored to meet specific needs and interests. The designation is obtained by completion of nine courses offered in classroom and on-line formats. The CEM Learning Program is offered in 26 countries.

Visit the CEM Learning Program for more information.

Department of Labor

The Employment and Training Administration (ETA) has worked with the National Travel and Tourism Office of the Department of Commerce and with technical and subject matter experts from education, business, and industry to develop a comprehensive competency model for the Hospitality, Tourism, and Events industry. The model identifies the knowledge, skills and abilities that provide a foundation for industry workers, as well as competencies specific to key sectors. While the model seeks to cover all workers in the industry, it is not intended that each worker possess all of the competencies listed. The model is rather a compilation of competencies that can be included as a basis for preparation in a Hospitality, Tourism, and Events occupation.

Visit the DOL Competency Clearinghouse Model for Hospitality, Tourism and Events.

Bureau of Labor Statistics

The Bureau of Labor and Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook provides specific information to Meeting, Convention and Event Planners that includes:

  • An Overall Summary of Meeting, Convention and Event Planner Jobs
    • The median pay
    • Work experience in a related occupation
    • On the job training
    • Number of jobs
    • Job outlook
  • What Meeting, Convention, and Event Planners Do
  • Work Environment
  • How to Become a Meeting, Convention or Event Planner
  • State & Area Data

DATA USA Public Government Industry Data

In 2014, Deloitte, Datawheel, and Cesar Hidalgo, Professor at the MIT Media Lab and Director of Collective Learning, came together to embark on an ambitious journey — to understand and visualize the critical issues facing the United States in areas like jobs, skills and education across industry and geography and to use this knowledge to inform decision making among executives, policymakers and citizens.

Visit the DATA USA list of skills for event planners.

Value Proposition for IAEE

IAEE connects global exhibitions and events industry stakeholders and creates opportunities for members to achieve their business objectives.

IAEE represents more than 12,000+ industry professionals who support and conduct exhibitions globally. Our members provide face-to-face marketing experiences for both business-to-business and business-to-consumers in over 52 countries. We are the voice and leader of the exhibitions and events industry, bringing buyers and sellers together, and providing information, education and face-to-face opportunities to build business relationships.


Through IAEE’s Career Center you have access to view current resumes.  Click here for more information and to view current resumes.

Post Job Opportunities

IAEE’s Career Center provides you with a seamless process for posting your organizations job openings.  Post a Job Opportunity today.

Early Career – if you are looking for an internship or just starting your career, please visit to search for available opportunities. Please consider your first step in the CEM Certification Journey by taking the IAEE Workforce Ready Assessment.

Economic Impact of Exhibitions & Events





*Source: Center for Exhibition Industry Research |*


Salary Surveys

It really does pay to get your CEM! Results prove that CEMs are paid between 20 – 30% more at the middle management level.