Malvern, Pa. - A number of chartered property and casualty underwriters that belong to the CPCU Society believe that the industry will experience greater integration of productivity-enhancing technology into day-to-day insurance operations. They'll also face more regulatory pressures, compounded by a growing risk of class action litigation.    That said, the members, who were surveyed last year, believe that they are well equipped to deal with the industry's upcoming challenges.   The CPCU Society, which counts more than 26,000 members in its ranks and is headquartered in Malvern, Pa., released the results today of a November survey of its member opinion panel. In this first survey of a two-part series on insurance career outlooks, members of the panel were asked for their views on the industry's future, and what any impending changes would mean for their careers.  Members did raise concern, however, about the preparedness of their industry to deal with the upcoming wave of retiring Baby Boomers. Combined with a projected shortfall in the number of new entrants with the necessary technical and subject skills, 66% of survey respondents foresee an "experience gap" as very likely to form in the next five years if nothing is done.  Their suggested countermeasures include more aggressive recruiting efforts; improved training; retaining retiree capital via consulting, mentoring, and flexible scheduling; more competitive compensation and benefits; and enhanced positive visibility for the industry and its career options.  "It's become very clear that education of its employees will be critical to the success of the industry's future," says Betsey Brewer, CPCU, 2006-2007 president of the CPCU Society. "Employers must recruit the best and brightest, especially applicants who hold a professional designation, like the CPCU, and/or have significant industry experience," she says.  Source: CPCU Society   

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