The short answer is GETTING a job selling insurance is easy. KEEPING that job it hard....
The insurance industry has taken the strategy of hiring loads of young agents, with the understanding that maybe 10% will stick with it. Just about anyone with a pulse can get the job. These jobs do not have a salary. Your income is a portion of the revenue from what you sell. So they hire you at monetary cost to themselves. You take all the risk.
Its my opinion is that a huge percentage of insurance agents are interested far more in their commission than their client. That is a sure recipe for failure. The key to success is learning how to put the client's needs ahead of your own. People have great intuition; they know when they cannot trust you. Do the right thing for your client and in time you can find success. If you are good it can be quite lucrative.
Best of luck, Jay Woodall CFP, CLU
I know this is an older question, but I wanted to mention this question as the job market changes during the aftermath of Covid. I just started in the insurance field after more than a decade in the Entertainment industry. I don't know what kind of job in the industry you are looking for, but I can tell you that now is an amazing time to try and get into the field. Not only are there a wealth of jobs, but there is a great diversity in the types of jobs available. Whether you want to do sales or processing or something else, there is a lot of growth in the industry. I have also found in my limited time in the industry there seems to be a lot of room for personal advancement, which is great when you are trying to build a long career. Best of luck in your search.
Deborah (Dee)’s Answer
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If you go to https://www.insurancejobs.com/ you will find hundreds of opportunities across the United States in all facets of insurance or insurance support rolls.
It's a great industry to get into.
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.
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Thank you for your note and your interest in the insurance industry. Personally, I've had the experience in working on both the agency and carrier side of the insurance business. Insurance agencies are continually looking for new producers/agents to join their agencies and sales force. The first couple years on the agency side of the business can be tough and it is critical to find an agency who will provide the support you need to be successful - training, mentoring opportunities, continuing education, etc. It is hard work building a book of business; however, it can be very rewarding being a trusted advisor to your customers. If you align yourself with an agency who will provide the support to get your business running, and you have a strong desire to put your customers first, being an insurance agent can be a very strong career move. Best of luck, Drake - I hope this helped.
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Elizabeth A. C.’s Answer
The career of an insurance agent is very entrepreneurial in nature and very sales oriented so I would say yes, most likely there are quite a few job opportunities available right now. It might help to have an idea of what type of insurance you would like to sell - life and/or health insurance, property and casualty insurance, or personal lines (auto, home, etc.). Each of these different areas of the insurance industry has different licenses and educational requirements so knowing which area you want to specialize in can save you a lot of time and energy.
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