The insurance industry is alive and well in our modern age, offering a growing number of employment opportunities for veterans in a stable and essential line of work. According to U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment in insurance sales is projected to grow 9% by 2024 — faster than the average across all industries.
The business of insurance is all about making informed decisions based on data and available technology, while providing great service to consumers who are looking for peace of mind. From health, to property, to family security, insurance touches every part of our lives. Former military members who have a background in finance, administration, customer service, information technology, the medical field or analytics are a great fit for insurance companies who value candidates with leadership, organization, and complex problem-solving skills, as well as those who possess core values such as integrity and a commitment to serve.
If you are a veteran who would like to explore the wide-open world of insurance, then here are five great Hirepurpose partners who are seeking your skills today.
MetLife, one of the nation’s top insurance companies, is a great place for veterans to get their feet wet or advance their business skills in the insurance industry. MetLife has a strong tradition of supporting both active and former military service members who have protected and served the nation. The company was founded in 1864 to protect Civil War soldiers and sailors against wartime wounds, accidents and sickness. While many positions require a bachelor’s degree and some experience in finance, data analysis, project management, or business decision-making, others only require customer-service experience, good communications skills, and intermediate to advanced computer skills. Veterans of all ranks and specialties that emphasized analytical or administrative skills should take a look at the range of opportunity that MetLife has to offer in locations across the country.
Chubb, a property and casualty insurer that employs over 10,000 people, includes Combined Insurance — a company that was voted the number one military-friendly company in America by Victory Media in 2016. Chubb currently has over 350 jobs available in various locations ranging from internships for those pursuing business or finance degrees to senior-level positions that require A bachelor’s degree or higher and three or more years of experience in finance, analysis or business. Some roles in administration and customer service offer an open door into the industry with just a high school diploma and several years of clerical experience needed to apply. Veterans who possess analytical and communications skills, mathematical acumen or who specialized in finance, operations or administration will find their skills transferrable here. Open positions have a focus on customer service, marketing, underwriting, claims, financial analysis or management, account services and more. Chubb is a great company that offers employees generous compensation and benefits and one that is especially dedicated to making sure that transitioning service members and military spouses are engaged and supported.
As one of the world’s leading insurance companies, Zurich North America understands the integrity, training, and leadership skills that military veterans have to offer. They have many open positions that may be a good fit for veterans, including risk engineering, claims, information technology, operations, and underwriting. Known for their military-friendly culture, Zurich is a member of the 100,000 Jobs Mission, a national coalition of companies dedicated to hiring veterans. Junior service members or noncommissioned officers who are looking for entry-level training opportunities while they utilize their education benefits should definitely take a look at the many trainee roles available in cities around the nation. Other specialty underwriting positions require expertise in construction management, energy, environmental or industrial science, engineering or cybersecurity — making them a great fit for those who served in corresponding military occupational specialties.
Transitioning military men and women who are looking to join a group of dedicated finance and insurance professionals in a well-established company with a culture of military support should take a look at Nationwide. Nationwide is known as a leader in the industry and has been named a “Top 100 Company to Work for” by Fortune magazine for two years in a row and recently reached its goal set in 2012 to hire 1,000 veterans. Open positions include jobs that deal with claims, adjusting, financial analysis and accounting, information technology, administration and marketing. While each position has different requirements, most need at least several years of experience and a degree in business, computer science, finance or related fields. Higher-level positions are well suited to former senior enlisted personnel or officers with significant experience and in some cases, post-baccalaureate study or a master’s degree. If you are a qualified veteran with exceptional computer, negotiation, communication and problem-solving skills then you should most certainly explore a career with Nationwide.
Anthem, one of America’s top providers of health insurance services, has over 4,000 jobs available right now in great locations from California to Georgia and everywhere in between. Their company culture, which emphasizes a commitment to service, makes their company a great fit for veterans. Anthem recently received a 2016 military-friendly employer designation from Victoria Media for its support and engagement of those who have served. Veterans with experience working in military medical facilities in occupational specialties like corpsman, records specialist, health administration officer, or nursing would be matched well with the requirements for jobs such as treatment facilities liaison, managed care provider, management liaison, service coordinator clinician, and others. For those who have outgoing personalities and customer-facing or administrative experience and training but no degree, the entry-level customer service and sales roles provide a great way to get your foot in the door of the high-demand and stable world of healthcare insurance. Bilingual candidates are highly desired across all positions.