About the Insurance Program

Tap Into a Booming Industry with a Career in Insurance

The insurance industry is a great place to start a promising career. If you thrive in team environments, are adept at solving problems and have an entrepreneurial spirit, insurance offers many benefits including hundreds of thousands of job opportunities. Our programs are designed to prepare you for positions including claims adjuster, appraiser, examiner, investigator, and underwriter, with additional options in sales, legal and even data science.

You can transfer just about any skill to a career in insurance. Many roles require strong communication, deductive reasoning skills, creativity, design and scheduling proficiencies. Outside industries that involve insurance education and training include retail, hospitality, gaming, and the public sector. Students preparing for entry-level and advanced insurance careers take courses in personal, property and liability, and commercial insurance. This career path offers you the opportunity to shape what insurance will look like for years to come.

With on-campus and fully online program options, SMC offers a format that works for you.

Find the path that fits your personal needs and professional goals:

Degrees and Certificates

Associate in Science Degree Icon Associate in Science More information on the Associate in Science Degree

Get a foundation in general education, then gain the skills needed to excel in your desired field.

Completion of an Associate degree usually will not satisfy transfer major requirements. Meet with a counselor to develop an academic program best suited for you.

Estimated Timeline:
2+ years, 60 units

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Certificate of Achievement Icon Certificate of Achievement More information on the Certificate of Achievement

Gain the skills needed to excel in your desired field without completing general education requirements.

Estimated Timeline:
1+ years, 24+ units

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Associate in Science Degree - Insurance ProfessionalAssociate in Science Degree

26-28 units + General Education Requirements

Certificate of Achievement - Insurance ProfessionalCertificate of Achievement

26-28 unitsThis Degree is earnable completely online

This program prepares students for highly skilled positions in the insurance industry, such as claims adjuster, examiner, investigator, salesperson, legal support worker or insurance underwriter. Course offerings include personal insurance, property and liability insurance, commercial insurance and ethics, among others.

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Certificate of Achievement - Insurance SpecialistCertificate of Achievement

11 unitsThis Degree is earnable completely online

Our department certificate is a focused short-term treatment designed to expose students to the various aspects of Insurance and job opportunities.

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Potential Career Options

Job Title Typical Education Median Wage
Claims Examiners, Property and Casualty Insurance Bachelor's Degree $69,431
Insurance Adjusters, Examiners, and Investigators Bachelor's Degree $69,431
Insurance Appraisers, Auto Damage Some College $56,108
Personal Financial Advisors Bachelor's Degree $93,669
Insurance Underwriters Bachelor's Degree $71,573
Title Examiners, Abstractors, and Searchers High School Diploma or More $46,129
Insurance Sales Agents Bachelor's Degree $51,883
Customer Service Representative High School Diploma or More $35,863
Insurance Claims Clerk High School Diploma or More $41,256
Insurance Policy Processing Clerk High School Diploma or More $41,256