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Actuaries have been called financial architects and social mathematicians because of their unique blend of analytical and business skills in the insurance and financial services industry, as consultants in firms that specialize in employee benefits and pensions, in the government sector, and in a variety of other roles. The job of an actuary has routinely been ranked by publications such as Forbes, Business Week and CNCB as one of the ten highest paying jobs in the U.S. A career as an actuary is also touted as one of the most satisfying careers in terms of the “work-life” balance.
To be recognized as a qualified actuary, a person should become a member of the Society of Actuaries or the Casualty Actuarial Society. Admission to membership is obtained by passing a series of examinations given by the societies. The actuarial science program at Georgia State University is structured so that students are well prepared to pass these examinations at the completion of the program and, thereby, be extremely competitive on the job market. The tremendous demand for such highly trained persons makes a career in this area very rewarding financially and in providing the satisfaction that comes from membership in a well-recognized profession. In order to meet the critical shortage of actuarial personnel in this region, the Southeastern Actuaries Club endorsed the establishment of the actuarial program at Georgia State University as part of the university’s comprehensive insurance educational activity. The program continues to have the strong support of the actuarial profession. Inquiries concerning the actuarial profession or the details of the program at Georgia State University should be directed to the department.
There are no admission requirements specific to the Actuarial Science program. However, Actuarial Science students are required to meet all University and College admission requirements.
Program Financial Information
There are no special fees associated with majoring in Actuarial Science. However, Actuarial Science majors must pay all tuition and fees charged by the University and the College.
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