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Insurance Sales Agents Work Environment

Work Environment for Insurance Agents

Although most insurance sales agents work for insurance brokerages selling the policies of several companies, some work directly for a single insurance company. Most insurance sales agents work in offices, although some may spend much of their time traveling to meet with clients.

Insurance sales agents held about 411,500 jobs in 2010. In 2010, more than 3 out of 4 insurance sales agents worked in the insurance industry. Although most insurance sales agents, 56 percent, worked for insurance brokerages selling the policies of several companies, some worked directly for a single insurance carrier.

Most insurance sales agents work in offices, although some may spend much of their time traveling to meet with clients. Their work environment may vary depending on the type of company that employs them. Since some agencies are small, agents may work alone or with only a few others.

Work Schedules

Insurance sales agents usually determine their own hours of work and often schedule evening and weekend appointments for the convenience of clients. Some sales agents meet with clients during business hours and then spend evenings doing paperwork and preparing presentations to prospective clients. Most agents work full time and some work more than 40 hours per week.