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Career information and college search tools for actuaries and those interested in pursuing careers in related fields.

Actuaries Skills

Below are the skills needed to be actuaries according to their importance on the scale of 1 to 5 (1 being lowest and 5 being highest) and competency level on a scale of 1 to 7 (1 being lowest and 7 being highest).

   
Skill NameImportanceCompetence
Mathematics4.254.88
Critical Thinking4.254.75
Judgment and Decision Making4.254.75
Reading Comprehension4.124.62
Complex Problem Solving44.62

Actuaries Abilities

Below are the abilities needed to be actuaries according to their importance on the scale of 1 to 5 (1 being lowest and 5 being highest) and competency level on a scale of 1 to 7 (1 being lowest and 7 being highest).

   
Ability NameImportanceCompetence
Mathematical Reasoning4.55
Number Facility4.255
Deductive Reasoning4.124.75
Near Vision44
Written Comprehension44.62

Actuaries Knowledge

Below are the knowledge areas needed to be actuaries according to their importance on the scale of 1 to 5 (1 being lowest and 5 being highest) and competency level on a scale of 1 to 7 (1 being lowest and 7 being highest).

   
Knowledge AreaImportanceCompetence
Mathematics4.976.66
Economics and Accounting4.195.25
English Language3.744.41
Computers and Electronics3.734.55
Law and Government3.343.75

Actuaries Work activities

Below are the work activities involved in being actuaries according to their importance on the scale of 1 to 5 (1 being lowest and 5 being highest) and competency level on a scale of 1 to 7 (1 being lowest and 5 being highest).

   
Work ActivityImportanceCompetence
Analyzing Data or Information4.886.5
Processing Information4.666.09
Making Decisions and Solving Problems4.625.84
Interacting With Computers4.624.69
Getting Information4.615.66

Actuaries Work styles

Below are the work styles involved in being actuaries according to their importance on the scale of 1 to 5 (1 being lowest and 5 being highest).

   
Work StyleImportance
Analytical Thinking4.81
Attention to Detail4.75
Integrity4.69
Achievement/Effort4.44
Dependability4.38

Metro Areas Sorted by Total Employment for
Actuaries

Listed below are the 10 largest metro areas based on the total number of people employed in Actuaries jobs , as of 2017

   
Metro AreaTotal EmploymentAnnual Mean Salary
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim720$109,410
Bloomington580$108,330
Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford540$111,310
Des Moines-West Des Moines490$97,290
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington470N/A
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward400$125,150
Columbus370$97,630
Baltimore-Columbia-Towson320$119,970
Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue310$114,800
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land300$120,920

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Total employment and salary for professions similar to actuaries

Source : 2016 Occupational Employment Statistics and 2016-26 Employment Projections, Bureau of Labor Statistics, BLS.gov; O*NET® 22.1 Database, O*NET OnLine, National Center for O*NET Development, Employment & Training Administration, U.S. Department of Labor, onetonline.org

Most Popular Industries for
Actuaries

These industries represent at least 1% of the total number of people employed in this occupation.

IndustryTotal EmploymentPercentAnnual Median Salary
Insurance11,49064%$83,940
Professional And Technical Services3,14017%$96,160
Business Management1,6509%$83,860
Government6903%$86,550
Securities And Investment3802%$71,450
Pension And Trusts3401%$85,500
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