Types of Degrees Insurance Majors Are Getting
The following table lists how many insurance graduations there were in 2018-2019 for each degree level.
|Education Level||Number of Grads|
What Insurance Majors Need to Know
In an O*NET survey, insurance majors were asked to rate what knowledge areas, skills, and abilities were important in their occupations. These answers were weighted on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being the most important.
Knowledge Areas for Insurance Majors
According to O*NET survey takers, a major in insurance should prepare you for careers in which you will need to be knowledgeable in the following areas:
- English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
- Customer and Personal Service - Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
- Mathematics - Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
- Law and Government - Knowledge of laws, legal codes, court procedures, precedents, government regulations, executive orders, agency rules, and the democratic political process.
- Computers and Electronics - Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
Skills for Insurance Majors
A major in insurance prepares you for careers in which the following skill-sets are crucial:
- Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
- Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
- Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
- Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
- Writing - Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
Abilities for Insurance Majors
A major in insurance will prepare for your careers in which the following abilities are important:
- Oral Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
- Written Comprehension - The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
- Oral Comprehension - The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
- Written Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.
- Speech Clarity - The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
What Can You Do With a Insurance Major?
People with a insurance degree often go into the following careers:
|Job Title||Job Growth Rate||Median Salary|
|Insurance Appraisers, Auto Damage||5.1%||$62,520|
|Insurance Sales Agents||9.9%||$50,600|
Who Is Getting a Bachelor’s Degree in Insurance?
At the countrywide level, the racial-ethnic distribution of insurance majors is as follows:
|Race/Ethnicity||Number of Grads|
|Black or African American||58|
|Hispanic or Latino||76|
Students from other countries are interested in Insurance, too. About 5.2% of those with this major are international students. The most popular countries for students from outside the country are:
- Saudi Arabia
- South Korea
How Much Do Insurance Majors Make?
Bachelor’s Degree Starting Salary
The median early-career salary of insurance students with a bachelor’s degree is $53,000 a year according to 2017-2018 data from the U.S. Department of Education. During this timeframe, most salaries fell between $52,500 (25th percentile) and $56,800 (75th percentile).
We don’t know for sure if all of these people took jobs related to insurance so take that into consideration.
Salaries According to BLS
Average salaries range from $67,540 to $76,880 (25th to 75th percentile) for careers related to insurance. This range includes all degree levels, so the salary for a person with just a bachelor’s degree may be a little less and the one for a person with an advanced degree may be a little more.
To put that into context, according to BLS data from the first quarter of 2020, the typical high school graduate makes between $30,000 and $57,900 a year (25th through 75th percentile). The average person with a bachelor’s degree (any field) makes between $45,600 and $99,000. Advanced degree holders make the most with salaries between $55,600 and $125,400.
Amount of Education Required for Careers Related to Insurance
Some careers associated with insurance require an advanced degree while some may not even require a bachelor’s. In general, the more advanced your degree the more career options will open up to you. However, there is significant time and money that needs to be invested into your education so weigh the pros and cons.
Find out what the typical degree level is for insurance careers below.
|Education Level||Percentage of Workers|
|High School Diploma - or the equivalent (for example, GED)||10.7%|
|Post-Secondary Certificate - awarded for training completed after high school (for example, in agriculture or natural resources, computer services, personal or culinary services, engineering technologies, healthcare, construction trades, mechanic and repair technologies, or precision production)||6.5%|
|Some College Courses||7.9%|
|Associate’s Degree (or other 2-year degree)||8.5%|
|Post-Baccalaureate Certificate - awarded for completion of an organized program of study; designed for people who have completed a Baccalaureate degree but do not meet the requirements of academic degrees carrying the title of Master.||2.0%|
|Post-Master’s Certificate - awarded for completion of an organized program of study; designed for people who have completed a Master’s degree but do not meet the requirements of academic degrees at the doctoral level.||0.1%|
|First Professional Degree - awarded for completion of a program that: requires at least 2 years of college work before entrance into the program, includes a total of at least 6 academic years of work to complete, and provides all remaining academic requirements to begin practice in a profession.||0.1%|
Online Insurance Programs
In the 2018-2019 academic year, 94 schools offered some type of insurance program. The following table lists the number of programs by degree level, along with how many schools offered online courses in the field.
|Degree Level||Colleges Offering Programs||Colleges Offering Online Classes|
|Certificate (Less Than 1 Year)||26||7|
|Certificate (1-2 years)||11||2|
|Certificate (2-4 Years)||0||0|
|Doctor’s Degree (Research)||1||0|
|Doctor’s Degree (Professional Practice)||0||0|
|Doctor’s Degree (Other)||0||0|
Is a Degree in Insurance Worth It?
The median salary for a insurance grad is $67,890 per year. This is based on the weighted average of the most common careers associated with the major.
This is 70% more than the average salary for an individual holding a high school degree. This adds up to a gain of about $559,800 after 20 years!
Majors Related to Insurance
You may also be interested in one of the following majors related to insurance.
|Major||Number of Grads|
|Business Administration & Management||410,147|
|Finance & Financial Management||56,186|
|Human Resource Management||26,823|
|Management Sciences & Quantitative Methods||23,738|
|Business Support & Assistant Services||19,483|
|Management Information Systems||14,747|
|Specialized Sales, Merchandising & Marketing||5,873|
|Other Business, Management & Marketing||5,834|
|General Sales & Marketing||5,734|
- College Factual
- College Scorecard
- National Center for Education Statistics
- O*NET Online
- U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
- Usual Weekly Earnings of Wage and Salary Workers First Quarter 2020
- Image Credit: By Nick Youngson under License
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