Insurance agents and brokers (NOC 6231)

High opportunity occupation

About this job

Insurance agents and brokers sell life, automobile, property, health and other types of insurance to individuals, businesses and public institutions.

Supervisors of insurance agents are included in this group.

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Insurance brokers work for brokerage firms, or may work in partnerships or hold sole proprietorships.

Insurance agents work for individual insurance companies or are independent representatives of specific insurance companies.

Common job titles
  • agent, insurance - automobile / fire
  • agent, insurance - group / life
  • agent, insurance - real estate
  • district supervisor - insurance office
  • insurance agent supervisor


Insurance agents and brokers perform some or all of the following duties:

  • sell automobile, fire, health, life, property, marine, aircraft and other types of insurance
  • establish client insurance coverage, calculate premiums and establish method of payment
  • provide information concerning group and individual insurance packages, the range of risk coverage, benefits paid and other policy features
  • make sure appropriate forms, medical examinations and other policy requirements are completed
  • monitor insurance claims and respond to client inquiries
  • identify and solicit potential clientele

Work environment

Key aspects of the work in this occupation:

  • Work takes place in a conventional office setting.

Career paths and resources

Career paths

Completion of educational courses through the Canadian Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors allows for various levels of professional designations for insurance and financial advisors.

Progression to insurance management positions is possible through experience.

Completion of educational programs through the Insurance Institute of Canada or its provincial counterpart entitles agents to professional recognition as an Associate of the Insurance Institute of Canada (A.I.I.C.) or Fellow of the Insurance Institute of Canada (F.I.I.C.).

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