The insurance industry is a major U.S. employer, providing some 2.7 million jobs that encompass a wide variety of careers, including engineering and data science, human resources, public relations and financial analysts. Some jobs, such as claims adjusters, actuaries and insurance underwriters, are unique to the insurance industry. But other roles are also needed, such as art historians and drone pilots, for example. For further information consult the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Occupational Outlook Handbook, which includes these entries:
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Women have comprised about 60 percent of the insurance industry workforce in each year from 2009 to 2018, according to the Current Population Survey (CPS), an annual survey of business establishments in private industry conducted by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). In 2018, there were 1.7 million women employed in the insurance sector, accounting for 60 percent of the 2.8 million workers in the insurance industry.
The percentage of women varies widely by occupation. The percentage of women workers in selected insurance occupations ranges from 51 percent of insurance sales agents to 83 percent of insurance claims and policy clerks in 2018. In 2018, women accounted for 47 percent of all workers, based on households in the CPS survey.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics has information on diversity in the workplace by industry, including insurance, at http://www.bls.gov/cps/cpsaat18.htm. It has information on diversity by occupation, including insurance sales agents, claims adjusters, insurance claims and policy processing clerks, insurance underwriters and actuaries posted at http://www.bls.gov/cps/cpsaat11.htm.
The number of people working remotely is on the rise. In 2016 43 percent of workers said that they spent at least some of their time working in a location different form their coworkers, up from 39 percent in 2012 according to a Gallup poll.
In 2010, 5.8 million, or 4.3 percent, of the U.S. workforce worked the majority of the week at home, an increase of about 1.6 million workers since 2000, according to an October 2012 report from the U.S. Census Bureau. The percentage of all workers who worked at least one day at home increased from 7.0 percent in 1997 to 9.5 percent in 2010. The data are reported in Home-Based Workers in the United States: 2010, which contains findings from the Survey of Income and Program Participation and the American Community Survey. Key findings include: