Insurance Underwriter

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What do they do?

Review individual applications for insurance to evaluate degree of risk involved and determine acceptance of applications.

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Some typical job duties include:

  • Examine documents to determine degree of risk based on applicant’s financial information and value of property.
  • Evaluate possibility of losses due to catastrophe; authorize reinsurance when risk is high and decline excessive risks.
  • Write to field representatives, medical personnel, and others to obtain information, quote rates, or explain underwriting policies.
  • Review company records to determine amount of insurance in force on various risks.

Most Important Occupational Skills:

Basic Skills

  • Reading Comprehension
  • Active Listening
  • Speaking

Technical Skills

  • Operations Analysis
  • Operation Monitoring

Social Skills

  • Social Perceptiveness
  • Coordination
  • Service Orientation

 Systems Skills

  • Judgment and Decision Making
  • Systems Analysis
  • Systems Evaluation

Problem Solving Skills

  • Complex Problem Solving 

Resource Management Skills

  • Time Management
  • Management of Personnel Resources
  • Management of Financial Resources

Just the Facts

  • Salary range: $20,000-$100,000
  • Education and Professional Requirements: Entree — Bachelor's degree, multiple years of related work experience; Advancement— Bachelor's degree, multiple years of work experience, industry certifications
  • Possible career path: Junior Underwriter > Portfolio Underwriter > Senior Underwriter > Underwriting Manager

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