Break into Insurance Claims Examining

Break into Insurance Claims Examining

What do parents who've spent the last 20 years at home raising five children have in common with students who've just graduated from college with English degrees? They all have the skills needed to work as insurance claims examiners, once they've completed the right courses.

Like parents, good claims examiners have a knack for managing time, says David Blakesley, curriculum director at the Insurance Educational Association (IEA), one of the largest instructor-led insurance training organizations in the United States. "The clock ticks when you receive [an insurance] report," he says. "That sense of time management and get-it-done-now attitude really show up in people who have raised families and want to get back into the workforce." English majors who have the ability to comprehend and write about complex issues also make good claims examiners. But plenty of students also come into IEA's training programs with business backgrounds, he says.

Could It Be for You?

Why would anyone want to work as a claims examiner? Perhaps because good pay and flexible hours can be quite attractive. Jessie Wiser, a recruiter and placement counselor, places workers' compensation insurance examiners with one or two years of experience in jobs in California paying $24 to $26 an hour. For those with three years of experience, the rate rises to $30 to $39 an hour.

Work Experience

While most insurance companies won't hire applicants off the street without experience, you can always work as a clerk or customer service representative and move into an assistant examiner position as you complete the required coursework. While you're working during the day, you can study at night to complete a certification program.

"After you get assistant experience, the company may open a training class and hire examiners from within," Wiser says. For instance, after you complete the first three workers' comp courses, you'll have a good base to land a job as an assistant and start working on claims files with supervision.

Name Your Work Status

Once you've been working in the insurance claims examining field for a few years, you can name your hours by switching to contract work. "The temporary folks are there, because they want to be temps and like the freedom of working six weeks and then taking six weeks off," Wiser says. "Ninety-nine percent of the time, they don't want permanent positions." And chances are that when they get back from their six-week trips to Egypt and the like, a job will be open. Wiser, who places temps in workers' comp every week, finds positions are consistently open in the field.

The Road to Success

What type of personality traits do you need to thrive in this field? Flexibility, an easygoing attitude and a willingness to accept direction, Wiser says. Armed with a happy outlook and a solid knowledge of the insurance laws of your state, you're sure to succeed as a claims examiner.

Latest Jobs

Posted: 06/30/2015
Posted: 06/30/2015
Fairview Heights, IL, 62208
Posted: 06/30/2015
Posted: 06/30/2015
Carson, CA, 90746
The Select Group
Posted: 06/30/2015
Raleigh, NC

Want more personalized results?  Update Your Profile


Monster Communities

Teaching Community
Where teachers meet and learn.
Create and connect.
Networking for the career-minded woman.
Nursing Link
Where nurses call the shots.
More Monster Communities

Monster Partners

Scholarships, financial aid and more ways to pay for school.
Find top campus and online degree programs.
Military portal for the US Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps and Coast Guard.
Financial Aid
Scholarships & financial aid.
Staffing for Government Jobs
Staffing and hiring solutions for federal government agency jobs.
More Monster Partners

Job Hunt Strategy

Six Ways to Make a Recruiter Hate You
If you want to blow your chances with recruiters -- and, by extension, with the companies they work for -- here are six perfect ways to do so.

Resumes & Cover Letters

Rev Up Your Resume to Relocate
Hoping to relocate? Get the ball rolling on landing the right job in the right location with these expert resume and cover letter tips.


100 Potential Interview Questions
Interview questions can run the gamut. You probably won't face all 100 of these, but you should still be prepared to answer at least some of them.

Salary & Benefits

10 Questions to Ask When Negotiating Salary
Most of us aren't natural negotiators, but asking these 10 questions during salary negotiations can help you get everything you deserve.

Employee Sourcing

Alt text
November Monster Employment Index Grows 13% Year-Over-Year, Tenth Consecutive Month of Positive Annual Growth.

For Seekers

Campus and Online Degrees
Advance your career and earn more with an online degree.
Free Salary Wizard
What are you worth? Find out and negotiate a better salary.
Research Careers
Get information on jobs and career paths to help guide your choices
Questions & Answers
Find answers to all your career related questions -- powered by Yahoo! Answers
Resume Distribution Service
Our distribution service puts your resume right in the hands of recruiters.
Resume Writing Services
Our experts will craft a keyword-rich resume that stands out in the crowd.
More Career Resources

For Employers

Career Ad Network
Target your job posting to more candidates on thousands of websites.
Hire Right Background Checks
Explore our background check packages to improve the quality of your hires.
Hiring Home Page
Find the best candidates for your business with Monster hiring solutions.
Job Postings
Find the right solution for your hiring needs. Starting at $99.
Power Resume Search
Monster's new search technology precisely matches people with your jobs.
Resource Center
Find staffing insights, labor trends, HR best practices and more.
Target Post
Connect with skilled, hourly and administrative candidates for only $99.

Social Media

Jobs on Twitter
Find jobs in your area and industry.
Monster Careers
Tune into our career advice and discussions tackling a wide range of topics and industries.
Monster Corporate & PR
Stay up-to-date on the latest news. Get the 'Who', 'What', 'When', and 'Why' on all things Monster related.
Monster Customer Service
Got a Monster question? We've got the answer. Whether you're a job seeker or employer, we can help you find the answers you need.
Monster for Employers
Find advice on hiring.
Follow Us
Check out our many pages and stay connected with the latest industry news, events, career advice and job openings.

Other Links

Monster Company Profiles
Explore companies and get information to guide your career decisions.
Compare Salaries
See how your pay stacks up to others in your field.
iPhone Application
Download the Monster app for iPhone and iPod touch.
Monster Job Seeker Blog
Monster Job Seeker Blog.
Monster Thinking Blog
Monster's Recruitment Trends Blog.
Jobs & Career Resources
Search Jobs:
For Employers: Post Jobs | Search Resumes | Advertise
About Monster | Work for Monster | Advertise with Us | AdChoices | Partner with Us | Investor Relations | Social Media
Terms of Use | Privacy Center | Accessibility Center | Help | Security | Contact Us | Sitemap | Mobile
©2015 Monster - All Rights Reserved U.S. Patents No. 5,832,497; 7,599,930 B1; 7,827,125 and 7,836,060 MWW - Looking for Monster Cable? - V: 2015.12.0.54-318