Springfield, MO (population: 158,605) has ten event planning schools within a 500-mile radius of its city center. University of Wisconsin-Madison, the highest ranked school in this group with an event planning program, has a total student population of 41,654. It is the 23rd highest ranked school in the USA and the highest in the state of Wisconsin.
Event Planning students from Springfield schools who go on to become event planners, wedding planners, event managers, production planners, etc. have a good chance at finding employment. For example, there are 51,530 people working as meeting and convention planners alone in the US, and their average annual salary is $48,060. Also, General and operations managers make on average $110,550 per year and there are about 1,689,680 of them employed in the US today.
Springfield lies in Greene county, which is one of the 39 counties in Missouri. Overall, the Springfield area has 187,600 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 2.8% unemployment rate, $16.58/hr average worker wage, and a $34,490 average annual salary.
Of the 10 event planning schools with a 500-mile radius of Springfield, only 7 have a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Saint Louis University-Main Campus comes out as the most expensive ($31,255/yr) for event planning students, with Southern University at Shreveport as the lowest, reported at only $7,027/yr.
|Name||State||Population||# of Schools||Avg School Rank||Total Programs||Distance from Springfield|
|Mountain Home||AR||-||2||22.9326||37||78.0 miles|
|Fort Scott||KS||-||1||19.5238||38||89.5 miles|
|Siloam Springs||AR||-||1||66.9948||62||98.5 miles|