HIRING OF INSURANCE PROGRAMMERS

 What are an insurance programmers/analyst? Insurance programmers are responsible for the software code that handles the insurance companies’ core business processes. A member of a team, they work with a senior developer to implement new features and maintain existing ones. The code they write will handle tasks such as handling policy documents, processing transactions between customers […]

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 What are an insurance programmers/analyst?

Insurance programmers are responsible for the software code that handles the insurance companies’ core business processes. A member of a team, they work with a senior developer to implement new features and maintain existing ones. The code they write will handle tasks such as handling policy documents, processing transactions between customers and businesses, processing financial details of contracts, sending out payments and managing assets. This is a dynamic role that requires the programmer to keep up with developing technologies.

What are the typical responsibilities of an insurance programmers/analyst?

JOB RESPONSIBILITIES: Develop programs using programming-languages such as Java, javascript and PHP.  Develops Software and assists in documentation, testing and debugging.  Demonstrate ability to work assigned project within time and cost constraints.

Why should hire a programmer?

There are some insurance companies that want to implement a custom program, or an application that will automatically process data and send out invoices, rebates and payments. In these cases, they would seek the service of a programmer who has experience with managing complex databases. The insurance company can use this software to save money on hiring additional employees, manage the workflow of their business and provide better customer service.

What are the qualities required to be an insurance programmers/analyst?

This occupation requires someone who is:

  • Responsible
  • Punctual
  • Organized
  • Flexible
  • Abstract Thinker
  • Imaginative 
  • Problem Solving Skills

A foundation in computer science would be useful.

What are the major technologies used in this occupation?

  • SQL programming, ASP, COM+, Java/J2EE, Visual Basic, mysql a plus but not necessary 
  • HTML5 / CSS3 / javascript / jquery / Bootstrap 3 a plus but not necessary 
  • HTML / PHP / CSS a plus but not necessary 
  • ASP.Net / C# / SQL Server a plus but not necessary 
  • Android Development a plus but not necessary 
  • Ios Development a plus but not necessary 
  • Web Services a plus but not necessary

What is the projected growth rate of this occupation for the next ten years?

  • Employment change:  Normal (0-10%)  
  • Projected job openings (2014-2024): 162,400  
  • Entry-level education needed for entry in 2014: High school diploma or equivalent 
  • Number of people who held this job in the US in 2014: 33,400
  • Median annual pay in 2014: $74,570
  • Standard error of annual pay in 2014: $5,170 
  • Bottom 10% wage in 2014: Less than $38,020 
  • Top 10% wage in 2014: More than $111,180

How do I find a good one?

You can find experienced programmers by asking for referrals from your current IT department, checking out job boards on reputable websites or by cold calling a few local companies and inquiring about their custom programming services. Always determine how long they’ve been in business as well as their experience with insurance software-development before you hire them to avoid any costly mistakes.

What should I know before hiring a programmer?

Since custom software is built to meet the needs of specific companies, there are some factors that you need to consider before signing a contract with your programmer. Ask him whether he will follow your instructions exactly or if he has any questions about them so that you can both be on the same page. You might not want to hire someone who makes changes right away before you have a chance to look over the final product. Typically, there will be a trial period so that both of you can ensure that your goals are being met.

Contracts should always include:   

  • Programmer’s name 
  • Insured person/company’s name 
  • Services provided and any exceptions 
  • The price, schedule and payment terms 
  • The program requirements and conditions under which the contract may be terminated 
  • Projected milestones, deliverables or completion dates 
  • Ownership of any software-developed 
  • Programmer’s right to subcontract work or bring other experts on board as necessary
  • A list of questions to ask the programmers you’re considering
  • Do you have any questions about the specifics of my project? 
  • How do you handle changes to original specifications during a project? 
  • Can I try your work first before hiring you full time? 
  • What is your experience with insurance software-development specifically? 
  • May I see some references from your previous clients who were in the insurance industry? 
  • How do you handle communication with your clients? 
  • Do you have any questions about the specifics of my project?
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