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Underwriter

Are you detail-oriented and analytical, a problem solver who enjoys working with people?

What do they do?

An Underwriter reviews applications for insurance submitted by a broker or agent, evaluates the risk involved, and on behalf of the insurance company determines whether to accept or reject the business (the risk) and at what price.

Why is it important?

Underwriters play a key role in driving insurance companies’ growth and profitability – without risks to underwrite, there is no business! The role comes with significant responsibility, because deciding what should be covered and how much to charge can directly impact (both positively and negatively) the company’s financial health. Improperly placed risks can have debilitating consequences, so it is critical that the Underwriter is thorough in analyzing and understanding the risk.

Typical Duties

  • Develop and maintain relationships with brokers and agents to garner business

  • Review applications for insurance, evaluate potential risk

  • Analyze company records to understand exposures and degree of risk

  • Work with actuaries to model the risk and determine viability and pricing

  • Determine available insurance products

  • Evaluate past losses and possibility of future losses due to catastrophe

Required Skills 

  • Problem Solving

  • Good Judgment and Decision Making

  • Analytical and Critical Thinking

  • Time Management

  • Active Listening

  • Negotiation

Career Facts

Education and Professional Requirements:

  • Entry-level: Bachelor’s degree, related work experience or training program

  • Advancement: Bachelor’s degree, multiple years of work experience, industry certifications

 

Possible career path: Underwriting Trainee > Junior Underwriter > Senior Underwriter > Underwriting Manager

Additional Resources

References

  • OII Underwriter Profile

  • InVEST Underwriter Profile

  • IIC Underwriter Profile

  • The National Alliance Underwriter Profile

  • Inland Marine Underwriters Association Underwriter Overview

  • Surety and Fidelity Association Underwriter Overview, Testimonials

  • US Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook

Videos

  • Meet an Underwriter

  • Inland Marine Underwriters Association Career Path Video

Webinars

Designations/Certifications/Exams

  • The National Alliance: University Associate Program, Certified Insurance Counselor (CIC), Certified Insurance Service Representative (CISR)

  • The Institutes: Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter (CPCU), Associate in Risk Management (ARM) and more

  • Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America: Management Liability Insurance Specialist (MLIS)

  • Professional Liability Underwriting Society: Registered Professional liability Underwriter(RPLU)

  • Insurance Institute of Canada’s Chartered Insurance Professional (CIP)

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