Ohio’s Insurance Industry Needs 26,000 Workers By 2020
|By Arundi Venkayya, Dayton Daily News, Ohio|
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The announcement, which cites a 2013 study by Regionomics and the
"Those openings are coming from the need for replacement workers," said
"It's a demographic cliff both for the agents and the administrative support staff ... it's the aging of the workforce in general. They've seen their forecasts," he said. "They're trying to fill up their pipeline with people who will be fully trained by 2020."
According to the report, "Private sector insurance carriers and related activities in 2010 contributed
The state has almost 95,000 people working in the insurance industry in 2011, making it a significant economic driver, the report said.
Dockery said the industry has had "model growth." The center, she said, did some report work for the
As part of that work, the center convened a group of employers. What they learned is that many of the jobs in the industry that didn't use to need college degrees are now requiring them, she said.
"They have to be able to do quite a bit more than in the past," Dockery said. "Technology has affected these jobs like others."
The jobs available are relatively high paying for college graduates, Dockery said. Sales agents are typically licensed, have a degree and earn
There are pockets of areas that have significant industry job growth, like
The problem for those areas may have trouble finding workers because of the smaller total workforce and fewer college graduates, the report said.
Goldman said recruiters from all over the country come to
"There's no one major anymore," Goldman said. "It's a skill set. They are recruiting across all majors."
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