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What about insurance?

Whether you are choosing a career for the first time, or are thinking about switching to a new field, deciding what you want to do for the rest of your life can be more than a little intimidating.  As your vision of careers begins to mature, or perhaps change, you may want to look into the diverse and rewarding opportunities within the multi-billion dollar insurance industry.

Insurance is not a fly-by-night industry.  As far back as 4000 B.C. Chinese merchants would combine their risks to guard against loss.  Today, insurance plays a large role in our credit system, while protecting millions of home, auto and business owners from the risk of losing everything they have.

If you're looking for a career that will always be in demand, one that offers stability and room for growth, consider the field of insurance.  Remember, risk is a constant in everyone's life; therefore, protection against risk is a constant need.

What kinds of opportunities are available?  Keep in mind that there are almost as many jobs in insurance as there are people who work in it; at last count there were more than two billion jobs in the industry!  Some different areas include:

Property Insurance covers damage to property such as homes, cars and businesses;

Liability Insurance covers a client who is unintentionally, but legally responsible for bodily injury or property damage that is caused to another person;

Life and health insurance covers all the risks associated with human life.

Insurance agents can either be employed within an agency or a company.  An insurance company raises money by investing the premiums obtained by all policies to pay policy holders.  An insurance agency acts as a link between the customer and the insurance company.

Captive agents sell insurance for only one company or agency and offer only the products provided by that company.

Independent agents are business owners who represent several insurance companies and can offer many different kinds of policies to their customers.  This type of agent can shop around for the best insurance value among many competing companies.

Today's consumers demand more for their insurance dollar than ever before, and independent agents are able to deliver the best solutions because of their access to all the products of the many companies they represent.

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