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April 2015

"Actuary" is the Top Job Once Again, and Here’s Why

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CIA members may have become actuarial professionals for any number of different reasons, but a new survey offers a number of suggestions about why "actuary" is such a good career.

Ranking it once again as the top choice for workers in America, CareerCast’s analysis says that actuary is the best option because of its:

  • Career potential;
  • Job satisfaction;
  • Relatively low stress;
  • Positive working environment; and
  • Average income, which the survey puts at US$94,209.

CareerCast’s annual report regularly includes actuary among the top five career choices, but this year the profession was ahead of other math-focused roles: the top 10 included mathematician, statistician, and data scientist.

The website offers a word of warning to anybody thinking of a career change. CIA members considering a new field should probably avoid the following, which are judged to be the worst jobs in 2015: broadcaster, cook, enlisted military personnel, lumberjack, and, worst of all, newspaper reporter.

The CIA’s website features vacancies from actuarial employers of varying types and sizes; be sure to visit the Actuarial Jobs Bank.

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