Insurance Agent Jobs
$30000 - $80000 / Per year
Port Arthur, TX
American National Insurance Company
Queen Creek, AZ
GreenState Credit Union
Iowa City, IA
APS - Advanced Professional Services
San Antonio, TX
The Capistrano Agency - Symmetry Financial Group
$50000 - $125000 / Per year
Diedre Moire Corp.
$160000 - $240000 / Per year
Los Angeles, CA
Insurance Agent Jobs Overview
One of the quickest ways to start working in business straight out of high school or college is by pursuing a career in the insurance industry. However, insurance agent jobs require a specific skillset. A successful insurance agent is good with people, like sales, and is not afraid to make cold calls.
The field of insurance sales is diverse. You can sell one or more types of insurance, including property and casualty (that includes car and home insurance), life, health, or long-term care insurance. Insurance agents can also offer clients financial planning, retirement, and estate planning and can be specially licensed to offer mutual funds, annuities, and other investment securities. And finally, you can work for a single insurance company as a “captive agent” to sell only their policies, or you can be an independent agent working for a brokerage and selling different brands of insurance.
If working in sales jobs interests you, you can expand your search to related jobs such as:
Insurance Agent Training and Skills
You can start as an insurance agent with a high school diploma or equivalent, although many insurance agents have bachelor’s degrees and find it helpful to take high school or college classes in public speaking, finance, economics, and business.
When you first start, you’ll work with more experienced agents to get on-the-job training, but you will need a state license to sell on your own. Although licensing requirements vary by state, you’ll probably need to take specific courses and pass exams about insurance fundamentals and state insurance laws. You’ll also need to take continuing education classes to keep your license current. These classes include topics like consumer protection, ethics, and the technical details of insurance policies.
Along with knowledge of the insurance industry, successful insurance agents have analytical and communication skills, initiative, and self-confidence. You can read a Monster article on how to become an insurance agent and look at this Monster job description to see what else you might need to land an insurance agent job.
You may notice a string of abbreviations after some insurance agents’ names. These are for the various optional certifications you can obtain. For example, you need to be certified by the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) to sell financial planning products.
The American College of Financial Services offers nine core designations, including CLU (Chartered Life Underwriter) and FSCP (Financial Services Certified Professional). Another insurance certification organization is The Institutes, which offers dozens of designations such as PRC (Prof Risk Consultant) and CPCU (Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter).
Update Your Insurance Agent Resume
You’ll need an updated resume to apply for insurance agent jobs. This sample insurance agent resume is the perfect place to start. To showcase your communication skills, you’ll need a top-notch cover letter to go with that winning resume. The Monster library has cover letter examples you can follow. You can learn more about how to format and write an effective cover letter by browsing all the cover letter writing tips on Monster.
Interviewing for an Insurance Agent Job
Since you want a job that requires meeting a lot of people, a job interview should be a piece of cake, right? Not necessarily. Job interviews can bring out anxiety and nerves in even the most extroverted of people. To help you feel more confident, Monster has put together tips on what to expect in an insurance industry interview. We’ve also assembled a library of articles with potential interview questions and suggestions on crafting answers that show you in the best light.
How Much Do Insurance Agent Jobs Pay?
According to Monster, the median pay for an insurance agent in the U.S. is $55,157. Monster’s Salary Tools will tell you what pay to expect in your area. Keep in mind that insurance agent pay can be a mix of commission and salary—which means that your compensation is dependent on your performance.
Want to Learn More About a Company You’re Interested In?
You can tell by watching TV commercials that insurance companies try to set themselves apart from their competitors. You can’t rely on a gecko to decide if a certain agency is a good fit for you—you need to do some research as well. Monster’s Company Profiles are a way to check out the insurance companies you apply to and interview with. Type in the name of a company, and you’ll find things like:
- benefits the agency provides.
- what kind of training they offer.
- their office locations.
Invest in Your Future—Search for Insurance Agent Jobs on Monster
You can find local insurance agent jobs by clicking on the postings on this page. It’s that easy! We’ll also make it easy for recruiters and insurance agencies to find your resume when you create a profile on Monster. The few minutes it takes to upload your resume are a solid investment in your career.