I agree with the advice given to you already. As an independent agent, building your book of business can be a long but rewarding process. However, there are other types of insurance-related positions that you may not know about. For example, I work at AIG, and one of our subsidiaries provides retirement plans (401k, 403b, 457b) for businesses - schools, colleges, etc. As part of our service package, we provide access to financial advisors, who are very well versed in insurance products and educate their clients about the types of insurance that might be helpful to them as they prepare for retirement. Granted they are financial advisors, but many of them hold the same licenses as independent insurance agents.
So to answer your question, yes, there are many openings in this field.
Carrie recommends the following next steps:
- Schedule some time to talk with an insurance agent about career path
- Meet with a career counselor at a college/community college for degree info and/or career fairs