Actuaries' Survival Guide

How to Succeed in One of the Most Desirable Professions


  • Fred Szabo, Department of Mathematics, Concordia University, Montreal, Quebec, Canada

What would you like to do with your life? What career would allow you to fulfill your dreams of success? If you like mathematics-and the prospect of a highly mobile, international profession-consider becoming an actuary.Szabo’s Actuaries’ Survival Guide, Second Edition explains what actuaries are, what they do, and where they do it. It describes exciting combinations of ideas, techniques, and skills involved in the day-to-day work of actuaries. This second edition has been updated to reflect the rise of social networking and the internet, the progress toward a global knowledge-based economy, and the global expansion of the actuarial field that has occurred since the first edition.
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Actuarial mathematics students, career-minded students in courses such as macroeconomics, microeconomics, finance, and business, and for beginning professionals who are interested in career alternatives


Book information

  • Published: May 2012
  • ISBN: 978-0-12-386943-2


“I found this material to be the most helpful thing for anyone contemplating an actuarial profession. The early material motivates and familiarizes a person with the profession in a casual but real way. The middle material gives a person the tools to plan and attack a program to pass the exams. The latter part of the book gives great guidance on job opportunities...Bravo to both the book’s concept and realization.” – Murray Lieb, New Jersey Institute of Technology “The book is extremely well written. Actuaries need good communication skills and this book provides an excellent example of such skills at work.” – Charles Moore, Kansas State University

Table of Contents

1. Actuarial Careers
2. Actuarial Education
3. Actuarial Jobs
A. Consulting Firms
B. Insurance Companies
C. Reciprocity Agreements
D. Actuarial Websites
E. Recruiting Agencies
F. SOA Education Summary
G. CAS Education Summary
H. Actuarial Symbols
I. Bibliography