The insurance industry is a major U.S. employer, providing some 2.8 million jobs in 2021 that encompass a wide variety of careers, including engineering and data science, human resources, public relations and financial analysts. Some jobs, including 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 further information, consult the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Occupational Outlook Handbook, which includes these entries:
In 2021, women accounted for 47 percent of all workers, based on data from households in the Current Population Survey (CPS), an annual survey of business establishments in private industry conducted by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). Data indicates 1.6 million women were employed in the insurance industry—58.9 percent of the total 2.8 million insurance workers. In fact, women have comprised about 60 percent of the industry workforce each year since 2012. However, representation varies across occupations, such as sales agents (50 percent) and claims and policy clerks (78 percent).
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.
Remote working continues to be prevalent as 45 percent of full-time U.S. employees worked from home either all (25 percent) or part of the time (20 percent), according to Gallup’s September 2021 update of its monthly employment trends.
In 2019, 7.9 million Americans, or 5.2 percent of the U.S. workforce said they worked from home, in contrast to 5.8 million in 2010, or 4.3 percent of the workforce, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.