4 Insurance Careers That Don’t Require a 4-Year Degree

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Are you looking for a stable career that may not require a four-year degree? The insurance industry offers a variety of jobs that could be a great fit for you. Read through the career descriptions below to see which job best matches your interests! 

 Administrative Assistant
Administrative assistants may manage everyday tasks including maintaining inventory, mailings, and database systems, as well as maintaining office equipment and keeping track of office activities.

You can enter the field with a high school diploma and some short on-the-job training. An associate’s degree can help with advancement, but is usually not required.

According to our administrative assistant career pathway, an average salary for an administrative assistant in Ohio is $34,580. Skills that can help you excel in this role include great reading and writing skills, speaking skills, active listening skills, and time management.

Benefits Specialist
Benefits specialists help employers select a benefits plan that works for their company and educates employees on the plan. They may also specialize in specific areas, such as position classification and pension programs.

A four-year college degree may not be required but certifications such as the Certified Employee Benefits Specialist certificate can help you advance. Important skills for this role include critical thinking, negotiation, social perceptiveness, and judgement and decision making.

Insurance Agent
If you have an interest in sales, consider becoming an insurance agent. Insurance agents sell all types of insurance and may work for an insurance company or as an independent agent.

Typical job entry requirements may include a high school diploma or GED, state licensing, and brief on-the-job training. You can also earn professional certifications, such as Accredited Advisor in Insurance (AAI), which can help you stand out against other job candidates and may help you advance in your career.

As a bonus, job opportunities for insurance agents are expected to grow rapidly over the next few years and the average salary for an insurance agent in Ohio is $46,540. Important skills for this role include management of personnel and material resources, negotiation, operation monitoring, and judgement and decision making.

paralegal assists attorneys by investigating facts, preparing legal documents, or researching legal precedent. They also conduct research to support a legal proceeding, to formulate a defense, or to initiate legal action.

If you are interested in law, but may not want to go to law school, a career as a paralegal will allow you to work in this environment without needing to get a law degree.

Some states do require an occupational license to get started as a paralegal, but Ohio does not. Entry into the field may require a high school diploma or associate’s degree and the average salary for a paralegal in Ohio is $44,180. Some important skills to have for this role include complex problem solving, coordination, active listening, and writing and reading comprehension.

Want to know more about the many careers in insurance? Take our insurance careers survey to find a career path that’s right for you. You can also view all of our career pathways to learn about additional types of careers the insurance industry has to offer.


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