Thinking About a Career Change? Why Not Become An Insurance Adjuster?
With the economic challenges facing so many in today’s society, sometimes we find it necessary to re-assess our career paths, or, in some instances, pick up and start all over again in a completely new career field. When this happens, maybe some thought could be given to the career of an Insurance Adjuster.
Why Choose an Insurance Adjuster Career?
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics 2010-2011 Edition:
- There are steady projected employment opportunities for Insurance Adjusters
- Continuing Education is available at many Community Colleges for State Licensing requirements
- College degrees are not a requirement for State Licensure for Insurance Adjusters in most States
- Working environments of Insurance Adjusters vary greatly. Many work outside the office, inspecting property, or structures, some report to an office every morning to get their assignments, while others simply call in from home and spend their days traveling to the scene of a disaster such as a hurricane, tornado, or flood—to work with local adjusters and government officials.
- Employees who demonstrate competence in claims work or administrative skills have opportunities for advancement
The Adjuster has a varied and interesting work schedule: They plan and schedule the work required to process claims, perhaps after an automobile accident or storm damage, etc. They investigate claims, in various ways, by interviewing the claimants, witnesses, law enforcement involved, medical records, inspecting damaged property, etc.
Further, they consult with other professionals to help determine the value of the claim -- such as contractors, builders, architects, engineers, physicians, accountants, and various other experts who may aid in assessing damages in a claim.
Insurance Adjuster Training is available at Navarro College, in Waxahachie and Corsicana.
As with most careers, training is a key element, and Ellis and Navarro Counties are fortunate to have training resources available. According to Theresa Johnson, Workforce Education Coordinator, Ellis County:
“We have Insurance Adjuster (Pre-Licensing) Training currently scheduled Tuesday and Thursday evenings at the Waxahachie Campus, Sept. 28 – Nov. 30, and Saturdays at the Corsicana Campus, from Oct. 2 - Nov. 20.
“An ALL LINES INSURANCE ADJUSTER License will allow you to adjust any type of claim, from Catastrophe to Workers Compensation.” The Texas Department of Insurance approved course (#28487) includes training, books, materials and two chances at the State-approved exam. (Provider #36200) Upon successful completion, students make application to the Texas Department of Insurance -- issuer of the license.
“The Instructor for our Insurance Adjuster Training Class will be Don Blakely, a local Insurance Adjuster with over 30 years of experience.” For further information about these classes, please contact Theresa Johnson (972) 923-6483 or www.navarrocollege.edu.