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Insurance Underwriters evaluate the risk of issuing an insurance policy to determine if an insurance company would profit from issuing it. This includes deciding who will be given an insurance policy as well as negotiating what will be covered if it is issued.

Additionally, Insurance Underwriters determine the price of the insurance premium that will be charged to the customer. They must provide a competitive price to their customers while still maintaining a profit for the company. 


Insurance Underwriter responsibilities may include:

  • Analyze statistics to assess potential risks.
  • Periodically re-analyze an insurer’s risk.
  • Develop insurance plans that benefit the company and the insurer.
  • Assess medical profiles.
  • Input data into pricing algorithms.



Insurance Underwriters analyze the risk associated with insuring a person or asset. In order to make a well informed decision, a skilled Insurance Underwriter will:

  • Possess a keen eye for detail when going over insurer files.
  • Utilize critical thinking to develop effective insurance plans.
  • Effectively use computer software and data entry systems.
  • Utilize organizational skills to keep track of insurer files.
  • Possess a strong work ethic to go over data and statistics daily.


To gain an entry level position, candidates are typically required to have a Bachelor’s Degree. A degree relevant to this field will be more favorable. In addition, candidates can enroll in training courses to acquire special certifications.



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