'Meeting Planner' Named One of 2010's 50 Best Careers

U.S. News & World Report has published its list of the 50 best careers in 2010 — and "meeting planner" is on it.

According to the weekly newsmagazine's Dec. 28 report, the employment of meeting and convention planners "is expected to grow faster than the average for all professions over the next decade or so" thanks to the "growing importance of meetings to increasingly global companies."

Because the recession caused a contraction of the meetings industry in 2009, U.S. News said today's meeting planners have to be "tougher," "willing to negotiate for lower costs and better perks," and "willing to face tough questions on budgets and return on investment."

Despite companies' reduced meeting budgets, however — and in spite of the AIG effect, which caused an unfortunate association of off-site meetings with corporate excess in 2009 — U.S. News concluded that "most organizations recognize the value of the face-to-face meeting — as not just a perk but an imperative for companies that have greater global reaches."

For U.S. News' complete list of "The 50 Best Careers of 2010," visit www.usnews.com.