Career Information

Want to make a difference? Do the math.

The world around us is constantly changing. Actuaries manage risk to make sure we’re prepared for whatever challenges we might face.

If you want to change the world for your family, friends, and future generations, consider taking math courses today to start your journey to becoming an actuary. Learn more at Do The Math.

What is an actuary?

Actuaries are risk management experts and problem solvers. They use the math you’re learning in school to tackle some of the biggest issues facing our world today.

Traditionally, actuaries have worked in fields like insurance, retirement, and investments. And lately, they’ve also been helping define the future of artificial intelligence, big data, and even climate change.

Education and qualifications

Eleven accredited universities offer recognized degrees in actuarial science for purpose of meeting CIA qualification requirements. Other undergraduate degrees in math, statistics, business and finance, data science, or economics are all excellent preparation for an actuarial career through alternate qualification pathways. To qualify as an actuary, you must complete all CIA qualification requirements including modules, exams, and professional courses. 

 On average, it takes around seven to nine years to become an FCIA, including a university education.

University Accreditation

The University Accreditation Program (UAP) has expanded as of fall 2021 with the introduction of the three new CIA qualification pathways  to recognize degrees in actuarial science from accredited universities. While UAP credits for preliminary exams are being phased out, they remain available for students currently enrolled in accredited universities for a transitional period, ending September 2023.

Make connections

Networking is an important part of success in any career. Connect with actuarial students and professionals through the Actuarial Students National Association or sign up to receive future updates from CIA Education.

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