Insurance Underwriter Career Guide

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ID Job Title Gender Age Earnings City & State Date
33387 Underwriter Female 34 $115,000 schaumburg, IL 01/01/2010
33136 Assistant Underwriter Female 33 $34,000 OKlahoma City, OK 01/01/2010
32457 SVP, Business Systems/Application Support Team Leader Male 43 None Set SEATTLE, NY 01/01/2010


When approving an insurance policy, an insurance company has effectively taken the risk on behalf of the policyholder. That in the case of accidents or other acts of nature, given that it is stipulated in the policy, the insurance provider will cover for potential losses. Prior to granting coverage to a policyholder, risks are determined and gauged.

An insurance underwriter?s job is to assess the risks associated with insuring a person or property and approve or reject applications based on the risks involved. They evaluate insurance applications, analyze, and process this information using computer software to determine the recommended coverage amount and premium. Insurance underwriters are essentially the risk-takers of insurance companies as they decide whether to grant insurance or not.

Insurance underwriters work in an office and may sometimes travel to assess properties. A bachelor?s degree is not required for the job but is usually preferred by employers, particularly those with a background in business and finance. Training programs including classroom instruction is provided by employers. There are many certification options for insurance underwriters. Often these certifications are necessary for advancement to a higher underwriter position.

Keenness to detail and the ability to interpret and analyze numerical information for decision-making are vital qualities of a good insurance underwriter. If you have a head for numbers and with good communication skills, then this career might be right for you!

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