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Actuary

What Does a Professional in this Career Do?

An Actuary calculates the financial costs of risk and uncertainty. Uses findings from statistical analysis and mathematical modeling to help businesses and clients minimize the cost of risk and develop business and investment strategies. Uses actuarial analysis of the probability and cost of natural disasters or accidents to develop insurance policies.

Job Outlook

There were 380 Actuary job postings in North Carolina in the past year and 13794 in the United States.

In combination with other careers in the Actuary industry, which includes the Actuary career, the following graph shows the number of people employed for each year since 2015:

Salary

Many new Actuary jobs have salaries estimated to be in the following ranges, based on the requirements and responsibilities listed in job postings from the past year.

National

The average estimated salary in the United States for this career, based on job postings in the past year, is $110,557.

State

The average estimated salary in North Carolina for this career, based on job postings in the past year, is $110,120.

Percentiles represent the percentage that is lower than the value. For example, 25% of estimated salaries for Actuary postings in the United States in the past year were lower than $85,028.

Education and Experience

Posted Actuary jobs typically require the following level of education. The numbers below are based on job postings in the United States from the past year. Not all job postings list education requirements.

Education LevelPercentage
Associate's Degree10.95%
Bachelor's Degree78.99%
Master's Degree8.28%
Doctoral Degree0.57%
Other1.39%

Posted Actuary jobs typically require the following number of years of experience. The numbers below are based on job postings in the United States from the past year. Not all job postings list experience requirements.

Years of ExperiencePercentage
0 to 2 years20.53%
3 to 5 years42.7%
6 to 8 years20.42%
9+ years16.35%

Skills

Below are listings of the most common general and specialized skills Actuary positions expect applicants to have as well as the most common skills that distinguish individuals from their peers. The percentage of job postings that specifically mention each skill is also listed.

Baseline Skills

A skill that is required across a broad range of occupations, including this one.

  • Communication (46.69%)
  • Management (42.47%)
  • Mathematics (34.3%)
  • Leadership (28.68%)
  • Forecasting (25.23%)
  • Microsoft Excel (24.99%)
  • Research (22.28%)
  • Problem Solving (20.29%)
  • Writing (20.05%)
  • Presentations (16.44%)

Defining Skills

A core skill for this occupation, it occurs frequently in job postings.

  • Actuarial Science (27.85%)
  • Underwriting (22.73%)
  • Economics (23.01%)
  • Finance (26.72%)
  • Reinsurance (14.45%)
  • Statistics (29.6%)
  • SAS (Software) (21.91%)
  • SQL (Programming Language) (36.68%)

Necessary Skills

A skill that is requested frequently in this occupation but isn’t specific to it.

  • Financial Forecasting (7.94%)
  • Advanced Mathematics (16.34%)
  • Peer Review (8.92%)
  • Microsoft Access (5.52%)
  • Auditing (11.35%)
  • Annuities (11.73%)
  • Accounting (12.45%)
  • Data Analysis (11.81%)
  • Investments (3.49%)
  • Fundraising (8.69%)
  • Computer Science (8.89%)
  • Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (11.18%)
  • Python (Programming Language) (14.98%)
  • International Financial Reporting Standards (1.34%)
  • Financial Analysis (9.46%)
  • Risk Management (18.44%)
  • Project Management (17.34%)
  • Financial Statements (19.63%)
  • R (Programming Language) (17.53%)
  • Predictive Modeling (7.1%)
  • Visual Basic For Applications (11.58%)
  • New Product Development (18.81%)
  • Risk Analysis (8.94%)
  • Medicare (9.84%)
  • Process Improvement (11.6%)
  • Service-Oriented Architecture (7.87%)
  • Tableau (Business Intelligence Software) (7.3%)

Distinguishing Skills

A skill that may distinguish a subset of the occupation.

  • Loss Reserving (3.25%)
  • Economic Capital (2.59%)
  • IBNR (3.3%)

Salary Boosting Skills

A professional who wishes to excel in this career path may consider developing the following highly valued skills. The percentage of job postings that specifically mention each skill is listed.

  • Loss Reserving (6.51%)
  • Actuarial Science (55.77%)
  • Underwriting (45.53%)
  • Economic Capital (5.18%)
  • IBNR (6.62%)
  • Reinsurance (28.95%)

Alternative Job Titles

Sometimes employers post jobs with Actuary skills but a different job title. Some common alternative job titles include:

  • Actuarial Analyst
  • Actuarial Analyst/Associate Actuary
  • Actuarial Associate
  • Life Actuary
  • Actuarial Consultant
  • Pricing Actuary
  • Director of Actuarial Services
  • Annuity Analyst
  • Actuarial Manager

Similar Occupations

If you are interested in exploring occupations with similar skills, you may want to research the following job titles. Note that we only list occupations that have at least one corresponding NC State Online and Distance Education program.

Common Employers

Here are the employers that have posted the most Actuary jobs in the past year along with how many they have posted.

United States

  • Lincoln Financial Group (1370)
  • Humana (932)
  • Elevance Health (653)
  • UnitedHealth Group (481)
  • Cambia (385)
  • Kaiser Permanente (286)
  • Ascensus (264)
  • Centene (250)
  • DW Simpson (248)
  • Travelers (226)

North Carolina

  • Lincoln Financial Group (72)
  • Humana (36)
  • Brighthouse Financial (26)
  • Equitable (19)
  • USAA (19)
  • Scor (17)
  • Elevance Health (16)
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield (13)
  • Ascensus (12)
  • UnitedHealth Group (12)

NC State Programs Relevant to this Career

If you are interested in preparing for a career in this field, the following NC State Online and Distance Education programs offer a great place to start!