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The typical P&C insurance company claims professional is dedicated, highly skilled, and, according to data, more than 45 years old. Senior claims professionals have accumulated a wealth of experience and knowledge, but the industry needs to take a hard look at where the next generation of talent is coming from.

Of course, the talent problem is not unique to claims. Insurance is just one of many industries facing a shortage of skilled professionals. By some estimates, 50 percent of today’s insurance agents will retire in the next 10 years, leaving the industry without its highest-producing salespeople, and almost 70 percent of adjusters are past the age of 45. There are already shortages among mid-level claims professionals with the necessary skills in advanced analytics. To make things worse, insurance stands among the three least-attractive industries for college graduates to enter, ranking 97th out of 100, according to The Wall Street Journal.

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