Determining whether or not an insurance adjuster is a “good job” is quite dependent on the individual him or herself, the field of insurance they’re operating in, and often the geographical assignment areas involved.
For some, employees love being a car-insurance adjuster, as they often get to travel, do “investigation-like”, work in examining a vehicle or accident scene, collecting witness testimony, interacting with law officials, and more!
Some adjusters on the other hand that work with say house-insurance, or even corporate insurance might find their jobs especially emotionally taxing, redundant, and frequently very stressful. Understandably, the more money that is involved, the higher the likelihood that the job will be more stressful.
Of course, determining whether or not being an insurance adjuster is the right job for you also depends on your personality. For example, your social skills, communication and professional characteristics, willingness to both give people the benefit of the doubt, as well as call someone (a client or subject) out in the event in which they are caught lying, exaggerating, or perhaps attempting to create insurance fraud.
Many people try and stick to many types of jobs for different reasons. For those that are educated in business or other relevant academic-studies based on public policy or law, might find this type of work especially insightful, and even beneficial to enhancing their legal knowledge. On the flipside, someone with extended or continuing education in the areas of law and policy might especially enjoy their job, and find themselves at an advantage – as well as in a position to be frequently promoted to higher, or leadership roles.
According to statistics, insurance adjusters in the United States make a median income of approximately $45-55K per year. Unfortunately for some agencies, individuals are forced to work overtime or on holidays without special pay. Of course, as in most cases, an hourly rate is most desirable. It’s also worth noting that like with most careers, pay can be based on the entity, government, or organization, the nature of the business, and it’s revenue or employee capacity.
Ultimately, whether or not being an insurance adjuster is the career for you might also boil down to who it is you’re representing (or what side your own), your internal sense of ethics, morals, and perhaps the ability to separate your work-life from your home life. Such a principal is noteworthy since some insurance-adjusters are on-call, or work unruly, and even double-shifts if necessary during, for example, extreme climate conditions – might it be winter weather, or other natural disasters, in which would understandably sky-rocket insurance claims within the same period.
It’s not a widely known fact, but a lot of people actually start off pursuing a career as an insurance or policy adjuster for the sake of getting experience in law and policy, to further their careers in a different direction later on in life.