Insurance surveyors carry out surveys of buildings, machinery, transport or whatever is to be insured, and produce reports to help underwriters decide on the terms and conditions of insurance policies.
Insurance surveyors usually specialise in one of the following areas:
Insurance surveyors usually work 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday. However, unsocial hours and short periods of time away from home to suit the needs of the job may sometimes be necessary. A current driving licence is essential.
Insurance surveyors are usually office-based or can work from home, but will spend much of their time visiting sites. Conditions on site vary, but can be dirty or involve working at heights.
To be an insurance surveyor you should:
Normally for this role you'll need experience in working within insurance, perhaps as an underwirter as well as a degree level qualification in either management, economics or engineering.
It may be possible to get this job through an apprenticeship.
Insurance surveyors are employed by large and medium-sized insurance companies, specialist insurance surveying firms, risk management consultancies, and increasingly by brokers. These can be based anywhere in the country. Engineering surveyors usually work for specialist engineering insurance companies.
There are some opportunities to work abroad. Self employment is possible.
Promotion to senior surveyor or head of department may be possible. Some surveyors move into other insurance specialisms such as loss adjusting, although this is not common.
If you would like to know anything about Insurance Surveyor that does not appear on Hotcourses, further information can be found below.
Financial Services Skills Council
51 Gresham Street
Tel: 020 7216 7366
Chartered Insurance Institute
Tel: 020 8989 8464
Institiute of Risk Management
Lloyds Avenue House
6 Lloyds Avenue
Tel: 020 7709 9808