Insuring a Future for Military Veterans

The leadership, problem-solving skills and integrity you demonstrated while serving in the U.S. Armed Forces are some of the same skills needed for a successful career in the insurance industry. Many insurance executives are veterans themselves, and recognize hiring veterans is good business.

Military Skills Transfer to Insurance Skills

Military skills that easily transfer to insurance careers include, but are not limited to the following:

  • The ability to plan and execute tasks in high-stress, unstructured, frequently changing environments
  • Dynamic risk management skills
  • Experience securing, using and maintaining equipment worth millions of dollars
  • Proven effectiveness completing complicated tasks and solving problems
  • Communication skills effective at various levels of the organization
  • Management skills obtained from various leadership positions

Military Skills Translator

Transitioning from active duty to the civilian workforce isn’t easy. We recognize how difficult it is to demonstrate to employers the value your military training can bring to the civilian workforce. The Ohio Means Jobs – Military Skills Translator can help with this process. This service features a step-by-step process designed to connect the skills you have from your Military Occupational Specialty with the career you are seeking.

Educational Resources

A career in the insurance industry profession requires advanced skills and some special knowledge. The amount of training you’ll need depends on what field of insurance you are targeting, and the number of required skills you already possess.

Ohio colleges and universities are continually adding training and degree programs to help meet the growing demand for skilled insurance professionals. Whether you need a few course offerings to earn a certification or a college degree, furthering your education in insurance has never been more convenient or affordable.

Qualify for Further Education through the GI Bill

If you’re a veteran weighing your options for going back to school under the GI Bill, you’ll want to verify which GI Bill (Post 9/11, Montgomery GI Bill, etc.) you are qualified to receive. Resources that will help you sort through the plans are:

Department of Veteran Affairs GI Bill 

Ohio County Veterans Services

Best Colleges’ College Guide for Service Members and Veterans

Certification or Degree?

After years in the military, a certification might be the best match for you, providing the flexibility to enter the workforce immediately. A two or four-year degree could enable you to move up in an organization, or work in a highly specialized field of the insurance business.


If you have the skills and background to match your desired career path, you might qualify for a professional certification that will tell a potential employer you have the necessary skills. Certifications can be obtained through programs at Ohio community colleges, as well as accredited insurance industry resources.


A more traditional approach would be a two or four-year degree program at one of the Ohio colleges or universities.

Ask a Pro

If you have questions about working in the insurance industry, let us connect you with an insurance professional who has gone through the job search process and succeeded in transferring their military experience into the insurance industry.

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