Overview

Risk and insurance affects every aspect of daily life and business. The study of risk management involves learning how to identify, assess, and manage financial risks faced by individuals or organizations and selecting the most appropriate technique to mitigate losses. One can take several paths within the insurance industry. Sales agents sell insurance, underwriters evaluate applications and determine whether to offer insurance coverage, and then there are the claims adjusters, appraisers, and investigators who manage the process of how and when insurance money is paid out.  The Risk Management & Insurance Certificate focuses on the different tools and techniques used in the insurance industry.

Why Great Bay?

The Risk Management & Insurance Certificate provides students with the framework needed to enter the growing field of insurance.  Students in the Certificate will learn from real world risk management and insurance professionals.

Career Options

One can take several paths within the insurance industry. Sales agents sell insurance, underwriters evaluate applications and determine whether to offer insurance coverage, and then there are the claims adjusters, appraisers, and investigators who manage the process of how and when insurance money is paid out. 

Job Title

Average Salary 

Claims Assistant

$49,000

Insurance Sales Agent

$50,600

Insurance Service Associate

$30,600

The careers listed above may require additional education beyond a Certificate or Associates Degree. For more information about the outlook and trends, please visit the Bureau of Labor Statistics

Related Degrees

Risk Management & Insurance Certificate

Program Outcomes

Students with a certificate in Risk Management & Insurance will:

  • Be prepared to enter the workforce with entry-level skills for the Insurance industry
  • Have a practical working knowledge of risk management and insurance
  • Understand fundamental concepts of agency operations, including claims handling
  • Analyze the types of insurance coverage available to mitigate loss exposure faced by individuals and organizations
  • Demonstrate information literacy through research skills and the use of technology
  • Demonstrate proficiency in critical thinking, analysis, reasoning, questioning and quantitative skills.

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