Technology plays an important role in the actuarial profession, so a good working knowledge of the tools of the trade is extremely important to obtaining an actuarial position and success on the job.

Possessing an above-average understanding of both Excel and Access is a must, and to a lesser extent Word and PowerPoint.

SQL is becoming an indispensable skill, and many employers are requiring knowledge or even mastery of it before consideration. Programming languages such as VBA and C++ are beginning to become a requirement as well.

The better your computer skills, the more likely you are to be hired!