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Career Information for Actuarial Science Majors


An actuary is a business professional who analyzes the financial consequences of risk. Actuaries use mathematics, statistics and financial theory to study uncertain future events, especially those of concern to insurance and pension programs. They evaluate the likelihood of those events, design creative ways to reduce the likelihood and decrease the impact of adverse events that actually do occur. - Society of Actuaries

Careers include:

  • Actuary
  • Insurance Underwriter

May be employed by insurance industry, government agencies, consulting firms, or private corporations.



Occupational Outlook Handbook (OOH)

Search for reports about Actuaries or any of the careers listed above. The Occupational Outlook Handbook website maintained by the U.S. Department of Labor provides:

  • Hundreds of types of jobs, accessible by job title or general occupational areas
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  • Salaries
  • Expected job growth
  • Job descriptions
  • Working conditions



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    • Available via Penn State Career Services
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    • Job search strategies
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Professional Associations

Professional associations provide not only helpful information for practitioners, but wonderful career resources as well. Association websites often have two levels of access: public information (free) and also information for members only (fee-based). Associations usually publish newsletters, journals, and other resources to help their membership stay on top of issues in the profession. Links to related associations are usually posted.

  • Society of Actuaries
    • Emphasizes education, research and professional development
    • Career center
    • Membership directory
    • Exam information and registration
    • Links to other professional organizations
  • Casualty Actuarial Society
    • Publishes standards and guidelines for the United States and Canada
    • Webinars
    • Career center
    • Interactive exams for students
  • Be an Actuary
    • Website jointly sponsored by Society of Actuaries and Casualty Actuarial Society
    • Career information
    • Exam information
    • Internship and scholarship opportunities
    • Minority programs including scholarships

Additional associations may be found in each report in the Occupational Outlook Handbook.




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