Careers in Actuarial Science


What Do Actuaries Do?

Actuaries are business professionals who analyze the financial consequences of risk. They work on a wide variety of projects in diverse business environments. Here are a few examples of the various types of projects an actuary might encounter in different work environments, as listed at the website

  • Analyze insurance rates, such as for cars, homes or life insurance.
  • Estimate how much money needs to be set aside for insurance claims that have not yet been paid.
  • Forecast the potential impact of catastrophes like hurricanes making landfall in coastal communities.
  • Participate in corporate planning for events such as mergers and acquisitions.

How Do I Become an Actuary?

Many students enter the actuarial profession having earned a B.S. in Actuarial Science (or a related field) and having completed a series of required actuarial exams.

In the Department of Statistics and Actuarial Science here at NIU, we offer strong academic programs that will help prepare you for a career in the actuarial profession. Additionally, our courses help you pass the preliminary actuarial exams needed to obtain certification and professional advancement as an actuary.

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