Thirty-eight percent of respondents said their job title was best described as director/manager of education/CME/training; 26 percent were meeting/conference planner/managers/directors; and 18 percent identified themselves as executives (chairman, CEO, COO, CFO, president, owner, etc.). The remainder fell under a miscellaneous category that included compliance/accreditation specialists (6 percent), and less than 1 percent each said they were convention planners/managers, trade show/exhibit managers, administrative assistants, and medical writers. Forty-six percent had up to five direct reports, while 38 percent said their jobs did not include managing staff. Only 3 percent had more than 20 direct reports.

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Twenty-seven percent had been in their present jobs for five to nine years; 18 percent were relative newbies with less than two years at their current positions. Publishing/medical education companies seem to be most newbie-friendly, with 29 percent reporting less than two years with their companies, followed by medical societies/associations (15 percent) and hospitals (14 percent). While 12 percent of the total respondents said they had been in their jobs for 10 to 14 years, just 3 percent have hung in there for 30 or more years (these respondents work at hospital/healthcare delivery systems and medical schools). The percentages are similar for the number of years they reported being with their current organizations, with the largest number (30 percent) saying five to nine years, around 15 percent each in the one-to-two-year and three-to-four-year ranges, and just 3 percent at 30 years or more.

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However, a lack of organizational longevity didn’t mean respondents haven’t been in CME for a while. More than half have been in the industry for five to 15 years, and almost a third said they’ve been involved in CME for 15 to 30 years. It might be time to start recruiting the next generation more heavily, given that only 12 percent said they had only been in the business for less than five years, and no one who answered the survey was less than 24 years old. Only 14 percent were 25 to 34, while 35 percent were 35 to 44, 18 percent were 45 to 54, and 31 percent were 55 to 64, with that 3 percent of seasoned veterans in the over-65 category.

And it would appear that CME is a very female-dominated field, at least as far as our survey respondents go—a full 82 percent were women. They also are a well-educated bunch: 31 percent had a master’s degree, 32 percent had bachelor’s degrees, and more than 10 percent held an MD, PhD, or other advanced degree. And what an interesting array of disciplines they studied! On the bachelor’s level, they ranged from art history, business, and hospital management, to humanities, communications, recreation and park administration, and radio and TV. Those with master’s degrees tended to have honed in more on medicine, studying disciplines that include education, allied health, chemistry/pharmacy, public health, healthcare management, public administration, and social work. On the PhD level, studies included behavioral science, chemistry, education, immunology, physiology, and sociology.

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Twenty-two percent hold the Certified CME Professional designation, 18 percent hold a Certified Meeting Professional designation, and many also held specialty medical board certifications. Those who reported holding professional designations were more often employed in hospitals/healthcare delivery systems and publishing/medical education companies than in other types of employers.