Actuarial Science Information

This webpage is designed with the intention of providing useful information for Undergraduate and graduate students interested in pursuing a career in Actuarial science.

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What is Actuarial science?

Actuarial science is the science of applying mathematical and statistical models to improve financial decision-making by evaluating the financial implications of uncertain future events.

What is an Actuary?

An actuary is a professional concerned with the financial evaluation of risk. They design and administer insurance programs, pensions, government welfare plans and similar financial plans. The main responsibility of actuaries is to ensure that these plans operate on a sound financial basis. To do this they use many areas of mathematics (for example: probability theory, statistics, the theory of interest) as well as general principles of economics and finance.

Actuaries are experts in risk management. In particular, actuaries are involved in the design, pricing, financing, and operation of benefit plans which protect people from risks of injury, illness, death, property damage, and the loss of income due to unemployment or retirement. Actuaries use mathematical skills to create and manage programs that reduce the adverse financial impact of life's expected and unexpected events, including financial risks from investment. For more information read the definition of "Actuary" according to the U.S. department of labor's occupational outlook handbook.

What are the Society Of Actuaries exams?

You become an actuary by passing a series of professional examinations conducted by the Society of Actuaries (SOA) and by developing your professional skills while working at an insurance company, consulting firm, or some other similar organization. A college degree is essential in order to pass the actuarial professional examinations. A mathematics or statistics major is highly recommended, since passing the professional examinations requires a thorough understanding of mathematics and statistics. Also knowledge of finance, insurance and investments, excellent communication skills and computer programming skills are necessary.

How should I prepare for the exams?

We are currently updating this section with the most recent information. Please visit MU Mathematics department webpage on actuaries for most up-to-date information. http://www.math.missouri.edu/degrees/undergraduate/actuary.html.

Which courses are helpful in preparing for SOA exam 1

We are currently updating this section with the most recent information. Please visit MU Mathematics department webpage on actuaries for most up-to-date information. http://www.math.missouri.edu/degrees/undergraduate/actuary.html.

Professional Opportunities

Actuarial employment opportunities are typically available in the following types of organizations: health, life, property, and casualty insurance firms, actuarial and employee benefit consulting firms, health service organizations, insurance rating bureaus, large industrial corporations, labor unions, federal government agencies, and state insurance departments. You can find links to some of major actuarial firms in the useful links and contacts section.

Useful links and contacts

Here is a list of some useful links and contacts:

This webpage is designed with the intention of providing useful information for Undergraduate and graduate students interested in pursuing a career in Actuarial science.