Common Professional Paths That Lead to Insurance

September 21, 2022

What does a Farm Bureau agent look like? A lot like you. They come from varied professional backgrounds and have a wide range of experiences. Our agents follow many different paths as they grow and develop, gaining skills that serve them well when they become an agent.

Not sure whether you’re cut out to be a Farm Bureau agent? Look at these common backgrounds that naturally lend themselves to working in insurance and how these experiences can prepare you for success as an insurance agent.


Many Farm Bureau agents have a background in education. Teachers are supportive members of their communities, who take a leadership role in their classrooms and communities. Great teachers are accessible, enthusiastic and caring, which is what our agents strive to be. Teachers’ high energy and love of learning help them transition well into roles as Farm Bureau agents.

Pharmaceutical Salespeople

Those who transition into working in insurance after starting out in pharmaceutical sales often achieve success. They’re positive, ambitious and believe in their abilities. They have business acumen and a competitive nature that helps them accomplish their goals as insurance agents.

Military Personnel

The structured lifestyle and dedication of military personnel translates well to being a Farm Bureau agent – that’s why we offer a bonus for veterans who contract as agents.* Members of the armed forces are self-motivated and can learn new things quickly. They’re used to assisting others and making a difference in the communities they serve. As Farm Bureau agents, they’re there for you when you need them.

Agricultural Salespeople

Agricultural salespeople have the entrepreneurial spirit and high energy needed to succeed in insurance. They’re problem solvers, and they have the desire to help satisfy the needs of the customer. Their experience in the agriculture industry also serves them well when working with farmers and ranchers. Because we value their knowledge, we offer a bonus for agents with ag experience.*

Hotel Managers

People who manage large businesses, such as hotels, have great leadership and interpersonal skills. The business knowledge, computer acumen and customer service skills necessary for the hospitality industry equip former hotel managers for a new role working in insurance.

Personal Bankers

Managing finances is an important skill to have if you want to run your own business as a Farm Bureau agent. Bankers’ strong proficiency in mathematics and finances helps them succeed as insurance agents. They’re great at building relationships with those in their communities and understanding their needs. 


Someone who coaches also has experience being coached. Coaches are high-energy learners that know how to communicate well to a group. As Farm Bureau agents, they have a sincere interest in helping others. 


A farmer is someone who knows the ins and outs of managing a business. They understand finances, and they have an entrepreneurial spirit. They can use their hard-working, caring attitudes to become successful working in insurance. As the #1 Ag insurer in our 8-state footprint, we understand the value of a farm background, which is why we offer a bonus to agents with ag experience.*

Real Estate Agents

Real estate agents and Farm Bureau agents have a lot in common, which could explain why real estate agents do so well working in insurance. Real estate agents have the go-getter energy that makes them competitive in their field. They’re self-motivated professionals who like to control their own journeys. 

Construction Workers

Construction workers aren’t afraid of hard work, and that’s why their transition to insurance is so successful. They’re dependable and always willing to continue learning. 

Service Professionals

The restaurant industry is constantly changing, and that day-to-day fluctuation is what makes service professionals so skilled at working in insurance. People who come from this industry already have a good grasp on how to run a business, multi-task and interact with people.

IT Professionals

Information technology experts are used to translating complicated concepts into more understandable language. They also have a willingness to help others and an excitement about the latest tools that could help a client.

Could You Be a Farm Bureau Agent?

There are endless possibilities when you decide to become a Farm Bureau agent. Plus, with our Developing Agent program, you don’t have to immediately leave your day job when you start. Find out if being a Farm Bureau agent could be the right change for you.





*Restrictions and production requirements apply. Talk to your District Manager for additional information.

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