While it’s reasonable to believe many of those working in the insurance industry probably didn’t grow up dreaming about insurance as a career path, in reality many enter the field and do not leave. Thus, it’s safe to say that this line of business indeed holds some appeal.
So, what makes an insurance job GREAT?
A mixture of career paths.
The insurance industry offers a variety of insurance and claims jobs to choose from. Positions like sales, marketing, actuary, underwriting, and risk management appeal to those who want to be office-based, and then there’s fieldwork (claims adjusters and Catastrophe adjusters for example) for those who do not. In addition, starting in one particular area of the insurance industry doesn’t mean a one-track career path. This industry has many options and paths to promote skill development.
Many positions within the insurance industry allow flexibility for you to create your own salary figure (hello commission!). Catastrophe Adjusters are often extremely well rewarded for the long and irregular hours they put in during peak months. During the off-season, they may choose to work less, or take a break.
Many look at the insurance industry as a necessity. There are few people who would let their insurance protection lapse because catastrophes, accidents and other unfortunate occurrences can never be planned for. So, the insurance employee may be afforded job-security; no doubt a welcoming comfort at times when the economy is unstable.
Advancing with technology.
Rapid technological advancements see many industries clambering to keep up with social and mobile changes. The insurance industry hasn’t missed a beat. Insurance companies are staying up to date by creating efficient mobile websites, apps and social pages. Insurance companies constantly evaluate the type of policies that they offer, and some are even investigating ‘cyber insurance’ possibilities.
Choosing your work environment.
Insurance jobs and claims jobs are part of a few select positions that offer a variety of work environments. Catastrophe adjusters are out in the field, and are rarely, if ever, in a cubicle environment. Claims jobs allow adjusters to get out of the office and into repair shops, hospitals, and law offices, to name but a few locations.
Of course, this field isn’t always fun and games. There can be long hours, angry claimants, mundane policy questions to answer over and over. However, despite a few negative aspects, the insurance industry maintains a happy and loyal staff.
What do you think makes up a great insurance job? How many different insurance career paths have you pursued?