26,000+ Insurance Jobs Need Filled — Will You Step Up to the Plate?

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IIRC Progressive Field event June 8Recently, the Insurance Industry Resource Council (IIRC), and representatives from the insurance industry, Ohio Insurance Institute (OII) (@OIIOrg) and journalists gathered at Progressive Field in Cleveland, Ohio to bring attention to the growing number of career opportunities available in Ohio’s insurance industry.

How many jobs are there? In 2013, the IIRC and Regionomics, LLC conducted a study and identified that at least 26,000 insurance jobs would need filled in the state of Ohio alone by the year 2020. The study, however, only focused on the property and casualty sector. The health and life insurance sectors have indicated similar talent needs, which begs the question: How many more jobs will be available by the time 2020 actually rolls around? 

In response, the industry is looking for new grads and talented professionals in a variety of fields who seek a stable career path. Below, we explore a few reasons why you should take their call under consideration.

There is a Career Path for Every Skillset 

In the past, a career in insurance brought to mind only one position: a sales agent, but that’s just one in a field of hundreds. While powerful (and lucrative) agent career opportunities exist, it’s time to take off the blinders and view the many options available.

Regardless of your interests, career ambitions or experience level, there is an opportunity for you to make a real impact in the insurance industry. Insurance offers you a chance to start a powerful career—one you can be passionate about and grow within. 

Insurance offers careers for: 

  • Accountants
  • Administrative Assistants
  • Attorneys and Paralegals
  • Auditors
  • Benefits Specialists
  • Claims Adjusters
  • Customer Service Representatives
  • Event Planners
  • Health and Fitness Specialists
  • HR Specialists
  • Investigators
  • IT Specialists
  • Marketing and Communications
  • Web Designers
  • And so much more!

Which career path is the best fit for you? Explore our collection of 30 featured insurance career profiles or take the Insurance Career Survey to fine-tune your options.

You Can Move Up the Career Ladder Fast 

During the 2015 Ohio Insurance Education Day, it was revealed that 43% of the insurance industry is set to retire in the next few years.

This translates into a vacancy of high-profile jobs, leaving room for a series of internal company shifts and new openings.

For high performers, the opportunity to move up in their profession won’t be a question of available positions, but rather a question of when they are ready to make the move. 

Resources to Help You Get Started

Current insurance industry professionals recognize the need to attract, grow and retain top talent in an evolving industry.

To expedite the learning curve, universities and insurance-based organizations have developed tools, internships, scholarships, and certificate and degree programs to attract new grads and career changing-professionals. 

Here are just some of the resources available and a good place to start:

Where will you begin, and where could you go, in your career? The insurance industry just might be your calling! 

What is holding you back from starting a career in the insurance industry? Share with us in the comment section below.

Image Source: Photo Courtesy of the State of Ohio

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