Insurance Risk Surveyors
Insurance Risk Surveyors inspect items and properties to evaluate conditions affecting underwriting standards, and develop and promote safety programs.
Inspects property, buildings and operations of commercial and industrial establishments to assess physical conditions and work practices.
Evaluates the adequacy of security, fire and related systems.
Prepares reports and recommends action to reduce risks.
Compiles data which influence the determination of premium rates.
Vocational Education and Training (VET)
Informal or on-the-job
JSA produces employment projections to show where likely future job opportunities may be. Employment projections data are only produced for occupations at the broad four digit Australian and New Zealand Standard Classification of Occupations (ANZSCO) level. While data are not available for this occupation, projections data are available for the parent occupation, Insurance Investigators, Loss Adjusters and Risk Surveyors, under the outlook section.
Earnings and hours
Around 87% of people employed as Insurance Risk Surveyors work full-time hours, in all their jobs combined. This is 21 percentage points above the all jobs average (66%).
Full-time workers work an average of 43 hours per week in their main job. This is similar to the all jobs average (44 hours per week).
Sources:Full-time share and full-time hours: ABS, 2016 Census, customised report. Compared to the all jobs average.
Most Insurance Risk Surveyors work in the Financial and insurance services industry. They are also employed in industries like:
Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report.
Employment across Australia
Employment by State and Territory (% Share)
|State||Insurance Risk Surveyors||All Jobs Average|
Around 86% of Insurance Risk Surveyors live in capital cities, compared with the all jobs average of 62%.
New South Wales and Victoria have a large share of employment relative to their population size.
The region with the largest share of workers is Sydney - North Sydney and Hornsby.
Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Share of workers across Australian states, territories and regions, in this job compared to the all jobs average.
Age and gender
The median age of Insurance Risk Surveyors is 44 years. This is higher than the all jobs average of 40 years.
A large share of workers are aged 35 to 44 years.
Females make up 33% of the workforce. This is 15 percentage points below the all jobs average of 48%.
Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Age profile and gender share compared to the all jobs average.
Age Profile (% Share)
|Age Bracket||Insurance Risk Surveyors||All Jobs Average|
|65 and Over||3.7||4.2|
Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.
Education, training and experience
Insurance Risk Surveyors often have university or Vocational Education and Training (VET) qualifications in related areas such as engineering, accounting, business, law, insurance and financial services.
- My Skills to compare Vocational Education and Training (VET) courses, providers and student outcomes.
- AAPathways website to explore Financial Services VET training pathways.
Highest Level of Education (% Share)
|Type of Qualification||Insurance Risk Surveyors||All Jobs Average|
|Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate||26.8||10.1|
|Year 10 and below||1.0||12.5|
Source: ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Highest qualification completed by workers in this job (in any field of study). Qualifications needed by new workers might be different from the qualifications of workers already in the job.
Skills and Knowledge
Employers look for Insurance Investigators, Loss Adjusters and Risk Surveyors who have good attention to detail, strong people skills and a good work ethic.
Skills can be improved through training or experience.
Listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions.
55%Judgment and decision making
Figuring out the pros and cons of different options and choosing the best one.
Writing things for co-workers or customers.
Thinking about the pros and cons of different ways to solve a problem.
Reading work related information.
Talking to others.
Being able to use what you have learnt to solve problems now and again in the future.
Looking for ways to help people.
45%Complex problem solving
Noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it.
Understanding why people react the way they do.
Keeping track of how well work is progressing so you can make changes or improvements.
Managing your own and other peoples' time to get work done.
41%Coordination with others
Being adaptable and coordinating work with other people.
Using maths to solve problems.
Measuring how well a system is working and how to improve it.
Teaching people how to do something.
Figuring out how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect it.
Bringing people together and trying to sort out their differences.
Figuring out the best way to teach or learn something new.
Talking people into changing their minds or their behaviour.
These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.
60%Customer and personal service
Understanding customer needs, providing good quality service, and measuring customer satisfaction.
English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
59%Medicine and dentistry
Diagnose and treat human injuries, diseases, and deformities, including preventive health-care measures.
Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics.
Word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office work.
55%Education and training
Curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
49%Administration and management
Business principles involved in strategic planning, leadership, and coordinating people and resources.
48%Computers and electronics
Circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
Human behaviour; differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; research methods; assessing and treating disorders.
43%Sales and marketing
Showing, promoting, and selling including marketing strategy, product demonstration, sales techniques, and sales control systems.
42%Economics and accounting
Economics and accounting, the financial markets, banking and checking and reporting of financial data.
39%Law and government
How our laws and courts work. Government rules and regulations, and the political system.
35%Therapy and counselling
Diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation of physical and mental dysfunctions, and career counselling and guidance.
Plant and animal organisms, their tissues, cells, functions, how they rely on and work with each other and the environment.
31%Personnel and human resources
Recruiting and training people, managing pay and other entitlements (like sick leave), and negotiating pay and conditions.
Describing land, sea, and air, including their physical characteristics, locations, how they work together, and the location of plant, animal, and human life.
26%Production and processing
Raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and ways of making and distributing goods.
23%Communications and media
Media production, communication, and dissemination. Includes written, spoken, and visual media.
23%Sociology and anthropology
Group behaviour and dynamics, societal trends and influences, human migrations, ethnicity, cultures and their history and origins.
Transmission, broadcasting, switching, control, and operation of telecommunications systems.
Workers use these physical and mental abilities..
Read and understand written information.
Listen to and understand what people say.
Communicate by speaking.
See details that are up-close (within a few feet).
Write in a way that people can understand.
Use lots of detailed information to come up with answers or make general rules.
Use general rules to find answers or solve problems logically.
Notice when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong, even if you can't solve the problem.
Come up with different ways of grouping things.
46%Sorting or ordering
Order or arrange things in a pattern or sequence (e.g., numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).
Speak clearly so others can understand you.
Identify and understand the speech of another person.
Choose the right maths method or formula to solve a problem.
41%Working with numbers
Add, subtract, multiply, or divide.
Come up with a number of ideas about a topic, even if the ideas aren't very good.
Pay attention to something without being distracted.
37%Flexibility of closure
See a pattern (a figure, object, word, or sound) hidden in other distracting material.
Come up with unusual or clever ideas, or creative ways to solve a problem.
Do two or more things at the same time.
Use your eyes to quickly compare groups of letters, numbers, pictures, or other things.
These are kinds of activities workers regularly do in this job.
73%Collecting and organising information
Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or checking information or data.
73%Making sense of information and ideas
Looking at, working with, and understanding data or information.
73%Keeping your knowledge up-to-date
Keeping up-to-date with technology and new ideas.
70%Making decisions and solving problems
Using information to work out the best solution and solve problems.
69%Building good relationships
Building good working relationships and keeping them over time.
69%Researching and investigating
Looking for, getting and understanding different kinds of information.
68%Checking compliance with standards
Deciding whether events or processes comply with laws, regulations, or standards.
65%Communicating within a team
Giving information to co-workers by telephone, in writing, or in person.
62%Planning and prioritising work
Deciding on goals and putting together a detailed plan to get the work done.
58%Documenting or recording information
Entering, transcribing, recording, storing, or maintaining information in written or electronic/magnetic form.
57%Looking for changes over time
Comparing objects, actions, or events. Looking for differences between them or changes over time.
54%Communicating with the public
Giving information to the public, business or government by telephone, in writing, or in person.
51%Assessing and evaluating things
Working out the value, importance, or quality of things, services or people.
Using your own ideas for developing, designing, or creating something new.
51%Training and teaching others
Understanding the needs of others, developing training programs, and teaching or instructing.
49%Explaining things to people
Helping people to understand and use information.
49%Negotiating and resolving conflicts
Handling complaints and disagreements, and negotiating with people.
48%Providing office support
Doing day-to-day office work such as filing and processing paperwork.
44%Working with computers
Using computers to program, write software, set up functions, enter data, or process information.
42%Leading and encouraging a team
Encouraging and building trust, respect, and cooperation among team members.
Interests and demands
Learn about the daily activities, and physical and social demands faced by workers. Explore the values and work styles that workers rate as most important.
Interests are the style or type of work we prefer to do. All interest areas are shown below.
Following set procedures and routines. Working with numbers and details more than with ideas, usually following rules.
Starting up and carrying out projects. Leading people and making many decisions. Sometimes require risk taking and often deal with business.
Ideas and thinking. Searching for facts and figuring out problems in your head.
Working with people. Helping or providing service to others.
Practical, hands-on work. Often with plants and animals, or materials like wood, tools, and machinery.
Working with forms, designs and patterns. Often need self-expression and can be done without following rules.
Work alone and make decisions. Workers are able to try out their own ideas, make decisions on their own, and work with little or no supervision.
Serve and work with others. Workers usually get along well with each other, do things to help other people, and are rarely pressured to do things that go against their sense of right and wrong.
Supportive management that stands behind employees. Workers are treated fairly by their company, they are supported by management, and have supervisors who train them well.
Results oriented. Workers are able to use their strongest abilities, giving them a feeling of accomplishment.
Advancement and the potential to lead. Workers are recognised for the work that they do, they may give directions and instructions to others, and they are looked up to in their company and their community.
Job security and good working conditions. There is usually a steady flow of interesting work, and the pay and conditions are generally good.
Use electronic mail.
Talk on the telephone.
98%Spend time sitting
Spend time sitting at work.
95%Frequent decision making
Frequently make decisions that impact other people.
94%Freedom to make decisions
Have freedom to make decision on your own.
94%Letters and memos
Write letters and memos.
90%Impact of decisions
Make decisions that have a large impact on other people.
88%Being exact or accurate
Be very exact or highly accurate.
Talk with people face-to-face.
Work to strict deadlines.
Have freedom to decide on tasks, priorities, and goals.
82%Contact with people
Have contact with people by telephone, face-to-face, or any other way.
80%Indoors, heat controlled
Work indoors with access to heating or cooling.
78%Repeating same tasks
Repeat the same tasks or activities (e.g., key entry) over and over, without stopping.
77%Contact with the public
Work with customers or the public.
Work with people in a group or team.
71%Making repetitive motions
Spend time making repetitive motions.
69%Angry or unpleasant people
Deal with unpleasant, angry, or rude people.
Deal with conflict or disagreements.
Compete with others, or be aware of competitive pressures.
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