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Property and Casualty Insurance Agents and Brokers
Insurance companies typically insist that their agents have at
least a high school diploma, and most strongly prefer their agents
to have a college education. There are a number of classes you can
take in high school to prepare yourself both for college and for
working in the insurance industry. If your high school offers
business, economics, or finance classes, be sure to take advantage
of these courses. Mathematics classes will also give you the
opportunity to develop your skills working with numbers, which is
an important aspect of insurance work. Computer courses will allow
you to become familiar with this technology, which you will use
throughout your career. In order to develop your communication
skills-essential for any salesperson-take English and speech
classes. Finally, consider taking classes that will give you
insight into people's actions, which is another important skill for
a salesperson. Psychology and sociology classes are courses that
may offer this opportunity.
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