The Office of Career Services
Library Building, Room 429 & 430
222-05 56th Avenue
Bayside, NY 11364
Phone: (718) 631-6297
Insurance Claims Adjuster
|Overview:||Claims adjusters investigate claims against insurance companies for accidents, fires, thefts, etc. in order to negotiate out-of-court settlements with the victims. They investigate the case by interviewing witnesses, consulting police and examining records.|
|Duties:||They inspect physical damage created by a fire, accident or theft to assess the value of the damaged goods and determine the cost of replacement or repairs.
Interview witnesses and police to diagnose the cause of the accident or fire. Determine if there are any suspicious aspects of fires suggesting arson.
They determine the actual amount of money to offer the persons who suffered the damage. They authorize the payment method and the specific person(s) to be paid.
They negotiate a final offer settlement for the insurance company when the persons claiming damage insist on greater payment. They recommend if the insurance company take the case to court.
|Job Outlook:||Employment of insurance claim adjusters is expected grow as fast as average through 2018. More health-related claims being made by a growing elderly population should spur demand for insurance claims adjusters.|
|Salary Range (National Average):||$28,000 to $33,000|
|Education Level:||Training for this occupation generally requires an Associate Degree from a 2 year or community college.|
|Additional Training/Education:||Most insurance companies prefer to hire graduates with an associate or a bachelor's degree and a curriculum background in insurance, business administration and economics. Certification can be achieved through a variety of professional associations in the insurance industry. Most states require insurance adjusters to be licensed which involves passing a written examination.|
Understanding acquiring positions in this field may be enhanced through continuing academic study (i.e. earning a baccalaureate or a master's degree) and/or work experience in the field, Queensborough Community College has established transfer agreements with other institutions for students who wish to further pursue their educational goals. Students are highly encouraged to meet with one of our Career Services to fully understand the opportunities available through study in their degree program.