Insurance Employment Is Up Across The Board

The insurance industry in all its forms can be a very rewarding sector of employment in more ways than one. Getting to help individuals and families solve their fiscal needs and attain the peace of mind that goes along with it; building relationships with those customers; and being able to help others, are all perks of the job. These benefits are not lost on industry statistics. According to Robert Hartwig of the Insurance Information Institute (I.I.I.), employment is up in basically every sector as of the latest report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).

“Even life carrier employment, which has generally trended downward, rose,” Hartwig said.

Here’s the full breakdown from the BLS:

  • P/C carrier employment rose by 1,300, or 0.2 percent, in October 2014 vs. September 2014, directly offsetting the identical drop in September vs. August. For the 12 months ending in October 2014, P/C carrier employment rose by 12,200, or 2.3 percent, to 534,800. P/C carrier employment has generally been rising for the last 12 months and is now back to where it was in the fourth quarter of 2011.
  • Employment by life/annuity carriers rose in October 2014 vs. October 2013 (up 6,400, or 1.9 percent) to 344,200. Life/annuity carrier employment stayed in a range of 340,000 plus or minus 2,000 for all of 2013 and most of 2014, but it broke out of that corridor, on the upside, in September. In prior years it was higher–in a range of 350,000 plus or minus 2,000 for all of 2011 and the first half of 2012, when it began sinking toward the 340,000 level. Life/annuity carrier employment has not fallen for six consecutive months (and rose in five of those months), so it possible that the long downward trend is ending, although this is too small a sample to be conclusive.
  • The health carrier segment has been gaining jobs quite steadily for decades. In October 2014 vs. October 2013 it rose sharply (up 23,400, or 4.9 percent) to 501,000. At least some of this growth is undoubtedly connected with the flood of health insurance applications, purchases and claims attributable to the Affordable Care Act, and some to population growth.
  • The agent/broker segment gained 24,900 jobs in October 2014 vs. October 2013 (up 3.7 percent) to 695,200. After losing jobs in the Great Recession (from 682,100 in the first month of the recession, December 2017, to 652,900 in the first month of recovery (July 2009) and on to a trough of 640,700 in May 2010, the segment has been fairly steadily gaining jobs and has now passed the pre-recession peak of 684,500 reached in July 2007.
  • Among the smaller industry segments, reinsurance carrier employment in the U.S. rose by 100 to 27,500 in October 2014 vs. October 2013. Claims adjusting employment on a year-over-year basis for October 2014 fell by 800 to 49,600. Year-over-year employment in the category of third-party administration of insurance funds rose by 6,100 (+3.8 percent) to 167,300. This category has grown quite steadily for over two decades, though not as fast as employment at medical expense insurers. It was set back slightly by the Great Recession but has generally added jobs since then.

 

In Summary

While the insurance sector can certainly be financially lucrative, money can be made anywhere. Insurance remains an industry about people and relationships and doing what you can to help your clients feel protected. When you factor in the whole package, the steady rise across all subsets is understandable. What do you love most about working in this field?

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