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Insurance is one of the most important sectors today. Everyone wants to invest in different insurance policies to safeguard their future. Insurance agents play a key role in telling people about new insurance policies and convince them to buy them by explaining their benefits. There are many types of insurance policies related to retirement, health, property, vehicles, etc. Anyone can become an insurance agent, even a house wife or a senior citizen.

Multilingual agents have an edge over others as they can serve a wide range of customers.

However, there is always a need for providing assistance to probable customers in making them understand the importance of this sector and the various types of schemes that are available in the market. An insurance agent is required to meet potential customers and sell insurance policies. They also need to visit organizations and give presentations. They are also responsible for completing documents related to insurance policies. If any client faces any problems later on or has any query, it is the agent who is supposed to solve them.



An insurance agent also prepares and maintains reports of their sales. They seek out new clients and sell them a policy according to their needs. They are also responsible for settling the insurance-claims due to some loss or major problems. An important aspect of this job is to complete a certain number of target sales every month. Performance incentives are also given.

Though a college degree is an added advantage and many insurance companies prefer candidates with college degrees, it is not important to have a degree. It is true that competition is high but if you possess sales and marketing skills and are a high school graduate, you can easily get a job as an insurance agent. Insurance sales agents are also required to have a license for the state in which they need to sell insurance. Again, they should have a separate license meant for each particular type of insurance i.e. if they wanted to sell health-insurance with property-insurance, then they have to get a separate license for each of them.

The most important skills that you need for success in this field are good communication skills and convincing capability. You also need to undergo training to know about various insurance policies and their features and benefits. A simple understanding of the product and explaining the importance of it to your customers can earn you a handsome salary and incentives. Fast learning skills help in understanding the product and advising the customer according to their requirements.

The field of insurance has become one of the most popular career options today. Job options are many as there are various companies providing insurance services as well as more jobs.

Experienced candidates tend to become team leaders or managers later on. Managers focus on maintaining steady sales and invent new marketing strategies for better results.

Insurance companies and organizations look for graduates who are self motivated and are keen to learn. The field of insurance is rewarding and has huge prospects as a career, if one is dedicated in this field. Candidates having experience in the relevant field with a high success rate in their previous organization are offered a better position as well as a higher salary by insurance companies. Initially one gets about $20,000 and with experience can get between $40,000 to $60,000 and more.
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