What to Study

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.