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Become an Insurance Lobbyist: Education and Career Roadmap

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Should I Be an Insurance Lobbyist?

The job of a lobbyist involves persuading politicians to support or oppose particular bills. They meet with legislators to present the interests of businesses and other politicians. Lobbyists must be knowledgeable about the current political climate in order to be effective in their jobs.

Career Requirements

Degree Level Bachelor's degree
Degree Field Political science, public relations, communications, or related field
Experience On-the-job training
Licensure/Certification Must register with the government
Key Skills Excellent communication, writing, public speaking, and basic computer skills
Salary $66,429 (2016 median for lobbyists)

Source: Payscale.com

Insurance lobbyists have bachelor's degrees in political science, public relations, communications, or a related field. They are required to register with the government. They are expected to have excellent skills in communication, writing, and public speaking, along with basic computer abilities. According to Payscale.com, the median annual salary for lobbyists, which include insurance lobbyists, was $66,429 in 2016.

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Steps to Be an Insurance Lobbyist

What do I need to do to be an insurance lobbyist?

Step 1: Earn a Bachelor's Degree

Lobbyists are sometimes considered to be a type of public relations specialist, and the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) states that these professionals usually need a bachelor's degree. There are many academic majors that can help individuals prepare for this career field. Aspiring lobbyists might want to consider those that can develop their ability to research difficult topics and communicate on a professional level. Since lobbyists work to influence people who write public policies and laws, an understanding of the political process is also a must.

Some potential majors for these students can include political science, public relations, and communications. Political science majors can choose to focus on areas such as political processes, political philosophy, or political communications, while public relations majors often learn how to speak in public, prepare press releases, create presentations, and implement promotional campaigns. Communications majors can also build students' persuasive speaking and writing skills.

Step 2: Learn About the Insurance Industry

Lobbyists who specialize in a particular field, such as insurance, will also need extensive knowledge of this industry. Individuals can prepare for this field by taking courses in insurance and risk management. Topics of discussion can include life and health insurance, commercial property insurance, and liability insurance.

Step 3: Get Experience

Before going solo, public relations specialists, such as lobbyists, often receive additional training on the job, according to the BLS. They might also consider taking advantage of intern and volunteer opportunities with nonprofit organizations that focus on insurance issues. These positions might not include direct lobbying duties, but they can help individuals brush up on their communication and research skills or learn more about how government agencies and the insurance industry works.

Step 4: Register with the Government

Once insurance lobbyists begin their careers, either as self-employed lobbyists or as lobbyists who work for nonprofit insurance advocacy organizations and corporations, they'll need to register with the U.S. House of Representatives' Office of the Clerk. This is an electronic process required of those who make contact with more than one representative or earn more than $3,000 for their services over a 3-month period. Insurance lobbyists will also need to register with their state government if they exceed minimum earnings or contact hours.

Step 5: Advance Your Career

Insurance lobbyists can advance their careers by gaining more experience and networking. By joining the Association of Government Relations Professionals and other organizations, for example, lobbyists can potentially recieve more opportunities in their field.

Insurance lobbyists work to persuade politicians to support or oppose particular bills that affect the insurance industry. They have bachelor's degrees, are registered with the government, and excel in communicating on behalf of their industry. And they earn a median annual salary of $66,429.

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