California Society of Association Executives

Career Outlook

Employment with associations tends to be relatively stable during times of economic growth or recession.  Associations also have strong opportunities for career growth and achievement, including entry level, management and executive positions.  Skills from many professionals are transferable, including marketing, finance, project management, leadership, meetings & events and more.

Careers Represented

There are well over 30 job classifications within association management, such as:

Executive Director

Meeting Planner

Membership Coordinator

Director of Marketing

Finance Manager

Event Coordinator



Educational Opportunities

Educational Opportunities


Brief Overview

CalSAE is a non-profit association serving the staff of other nonprofit associations and professional societies operating in California.  We are the “association for association staff” and our membership includes association professionals at all levels, particularly the CEOs of prominent trade and professional associations.  We also serve those that provide services and products to the association community, such as the hospitality industry, CPAs, marketing firms, technology companies and more.

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    Typical Education

    The large majority of association professionals have a BS or BA degree in a major related to the fields of association management.

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