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What To Study

So, what do you need to know?

If you are currently pursuing an undergraduate degree and are interested in an actuarial career, your equation for success should include the following courses:

  • finance
  • microeconomics
  • macroeconomics
  • three semesters of calculus
  • one semester of linear algebra
  • two semesters of calculus-based probability and statistics
  • actuarial science courses, as available
  • computer science courses
  • business courses, such as marketing
  • communication courses, such as speech, business writing and technical writing
  • literature, history, art, political science, the humanities, and other liberal arts classes

If this curriculum gives you the idea that actuaries need a well-rounded education, you're right. What sets actuaries apart from other professionals is their ability to learn and assimilate a wide range of information and communicate it effectively. As their careers move beyond the traditional insurance industry boundaries, actuaries are finding that a versatile storehouse of knowledge pays off.