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INSURANCE AGENT/OFFICE MANAGER: Stay In School; Everything Else Can Wait

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Linda sells auto, homeowners, and business insurance policies throughout the community. She first got this job through the unemployment office, starting in customer service and moving up to sales agent and office manager. School is very important!

Job Title: Insurance Agent/Office Manager

Job Summary: Insurance Sales Agents

Job Description

Insurance sales agents help insurance companies generate new business by contacting potential customers and selling one or more types of insurance. An agent explains various insurance policies and helps clients choose plans that suit them. Although most insurance sales agents work for insurance brokerages selling the policies of several companies, some work directly for a single insurance company.

On-the-Job Training

Moderate-term on-the-job training

Additional Info

A number of organizations offer certifications that show an agent’s expertise in insurance specialties. These certifications are not required for employment, but they can give job candidates an advantage over other applicants. Certifications can also be a source of continuing education credit.

Certification Requirement
Required by State.

Quick Facts

Average salary
Average salary
National Statistic Change Location
$25,000 - $115,000
Projected job growth
Projected Job Growth
15 to 25 percent
Typical schedule
Typical schedule
Flexible, Full-time
Typical workplace
Typical workplace
Home, Remote, Indoor, Office, Travel
Personal qualities
Personal Qualities
Analytical skills, People skills, Leadership ability, Networking, Problem solving skills, Verbal communication skills

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I</span> <span m='30760'>started</span> <span m='31030'>as</span> <span m='31140'>a</span> <span m='31220'>customer</span> <span m='31570'>service.</span> <span m='32290'>Then</span> <span m='32500'>I</span> <span m='32560'>became</span> <span m='32890'>an</span> <span m='33220'>insurance</span> <span m='33640'>agent.</span> <span m='34620'>And</span> <span m='34810'>then</span> <span m='35060'>I</span> <span m='35110'>became</span> <span m='35380'>an</span> <span m='35510'>office</span> <span m='35800'>manager.</span> <span m='36860'>So</span> <span m='37130'>I'm</span> <span m='37250'>here,</span> <span m='37820'>as</span> <span m='38020'>you</span> <span m='38160'>can</span> <span m='38310'>see.</span> </p><p><span m='39630'>My</span> <span m='39800'>education</span> <span m='40330'>entails</span> <span m='40940'>of</span> <span m='41310'>I</span> <span m='41380'>graduated</span> <span m='41820'>from</span> <span m='41930'>high</span> <span m='42070'>school.</span> <span m='42890'>I</span> <span m='43570'>took</span> <span m='43780'>one</span> <span m='43980'>year</span> <span m='44180'>of</span> <span m='44250'>course of</span> <span m='44630'>college.</span> <span m='45580'>And</span> <span m='46270'>I</span> <span m='46380'>became</span> <span m='46800'>a parent</span> <span m='47200'>at</span> <span m='47300'>a</span> <span m='47360'>young</span> <span m='47660'>age,</span> <span m='47920'>so</span> <span m='48220'>basically</span> <span m='48740'>that</span> <span m='49000'>drove</span> <span m='49270'>me</span> <span m='49460'>to</span> <span m='50010'>get</span> <span m='50170'>a</span> <span m='50220'>job</span> <span m='51410'>and</span> <span m='52350'>not</span> <span m='52580'>finish</span> <span m='52740'>school.</span> </p><p><span m='53040'>But</span> <span m='53200'>it's</span> <span m='53340'>very</span> <span m='53530'>important</span> <span m='53860'>to</span> <span m='53940'>finish</span> <span m='54180'>school.</span> <span m='55990'>Now,</span> <span m='56210'>my</span> <span m='56390'>daughter,</span> <span m='56870'>she's</span> <span m='57230'>graduated</span> <span m='57660'>from</span> <span m='57780'>high</span> <span m='57910'>school</span> <span m='58090'>as</span> <span m='58220'>well.</span> <span m='58470'>She's</span> <span m='58710'>attending</span> <span m='59060'>college,</span> <span m='59470'>so</span> <span m='59610'>I'm</span> <span m='59690'>very</span> <span m='59900'>proud</span> <span m='60230'>of her.</span> </p><p><span m='60920'>My</span> <span m='61130'>advice</span> <span m='61600'>to</span> <span m='62020'>students--</span> <span m='63100'>stay</span> <span m='63330'>in</span> <span m='63450'>school.</span> <span m='65319'>Stay</span> <span m='65530'>focused.</span> <span m='67340'>You</span> <span m='67450'>can</span> <span m='67580'>always</span> <span m='67900'>be</span> <span m='68370'>who you</span> <span m='68550'>want</span> <span m='68780'>to</span> <span m='68820'>be.</span> <span m='69980'>And</span> <span m='71780'>that's</span> <span m='72080'>what</span> <span m='72250'>I</span> <span m='72450'>encourage</span> <span m='73640'>to</span> <span m='74130'>all</span> <span m='74410'>the</span> <span m='74500'>students.</span> </p><p><span m='75250'>Stay in</span> <span m='75680'>school</span> <span m='76030'>because it's</span> <span m='76180'>very</span> <span m='76470'>important.</span> <span m='77740'>Anything</span> <span m='78100'>else</span> <span m='78290'>can</span> <span m='78430'>wait.</span> <span m='81100'>But</span> <span m='82180'>I</span> <span m='82360'>think</span> <span m='82750'>the</span> <span m='83130'>main</span> <span m='84250'>issue</span> <span m='84420'>is</span> <span m='84690'>school.</span> </p>","file":{"id":293987,"video_id":"2700571743001","name":"1063-Linda-InsuranceAgent1","duration":86054,"thumbnail_url":null}});