Terrorist attacks in North America have become a concern in the 21st
century and the insurance industry has been affected.
"General awareness of the risk companies are exposed to is a lot higher,"
says Roger Lear. He is the director of an online career center in Florida
called Great Insurance Jobs. Lear says that it takes more experienced insurance
professionals to deliver the level of service that existed before Sept. 11,
Lear also says that regardless of world events, the next 15 years will
see great opportunities in insurance in the U.S. "Around 40 percent of all
underwriting management is retiring soon. There will be a large void in the
insurance industry and demand for all insurance jobs."
Don Givelos is president of Insuranceworks.com. He deals with the insurance
job market in both the U.S. and Canada. He says that current events have
not affected the job market in this industry.
"The principles of supply and demand that govern the insurance job market
have not changed," says Givelos.
Baby boomer retirement will definitely place a strain on the insurance
industry. Family-run businesses may suffer, says Lear, if they don't train
replacements for senior staff and management before they retire.
"Companies will have to work harder to recruit and retain staff," says
Lear. That means job seekers will be in demand.
But right now, the insurance industry is still feeling the effects of terrorist
attacks and war. Although everyone is affected, says Lear, costs for business
customers will go up more than costs for personal customers.
Givelos says that there are two ways for an insurance company to earn money.
One is generating new business and finding new customers. The other is to
increase the rates existing customers pay for their insurance.
At the moment, not many businesses with high risk factors are being insured
because insurance companies see the risk as much higher than before. So in
the commercial market, there are fewer new customers and higher rates.
"Insurance rates are going up anywhere from 20 percent to 100 percent,"
But there's good news -- the downturn is not going to last. Once North
America has been attack-free for a while and the risk of insuring businesses
goes down, the insurance industry will begin to grow again.
"The stability of the industry will only be affected in the short term,"
says Givelos. "Individuals can create their own stability by demonstrating
The insurance industry employs salespeople, claims processors, underwriters
Underwriters and actuaries calculate the risk associated with each insurance
policy. For example, if a person has their car insured against theft, the
insurance company wants to know what the chance is that the car will actually
There are also positions in administration, marketing and management at
many insurance companies.
There were 381,000 people working as insurance sales agents in 2002, according
to the Occupational Outlook Handbook.
As North America returns to a more secure atmosphere, a career in insurance
will offer mobility and good earning potential. And with so many different
career paths already available in the insurance industry, all you have to
do is choose.
Great Insurance Jobs
A site for insurance professionals
Provides links to job postings in the United States and Canada
Just in Case Insurance
A commercial site for a variety of insurance products