An insurance underwriter helps assess risks, analyze payment and premiums related to those risks, and determine if a business or entity should be insured. Insurance underwriters typically work in an insurance company and must have strong accounting and statistical analysis skills.
The underwriter may be asked to assess insurance companies' policy decisions that are outside the role or capability of field agents. They assess risk and either accept, reject, or modify potential policy applications. In addition, most companies want their underwriters to help build business by seeking new potential customers that fall within the risk analysis scenario of the insurer. As such, underwriters must be able to not only think analytically, but also be able to find possible new opportunities for their organization.
Insurance underwriters may be asked to look at existing policies and situations as well, particularly after a settlement has occurred. The underwriter must determine if new risk applies and then must make policy decisions to modify, continue, or decline further coverage.
This position typically requires, at minimum, a bachelor’s degree in finance or accounting. In addition, further company or field-specific training and certification may be required. Many companies choose to hire insurance underwriters only after a person has first gained experience in the industry as an associate underwriter.
Insurance Underwriter Tasks
- Manage underwriting territory and select new business based on analysis of their profitability.
- Analyze new and renewal business, data, claim history, loss experience, and outcome of liability decisions.
- Underwrite, submit, approve or pend loans, and present decisions to management.
- Monitor existing policies for compliance with company guidelines.