I have been a practicing attorney for ten years. My practice has been mainly workers compensation, civil litigation and business law. I am interested in switching into the actuary field and intend to take the first two exams as soon as possible.
Can anyone please give me a realistic view on job opportunities for an actuary? How will potential employers view my previous work experience? Any recommendations on how to successfully make the switch.
Passing two exams would be a good start in showing employers you are serious about becoming an actuary.
Employers would want to know: why you are switching professions, whether you are prepared for a large pay cut to start as a beginning actuary, whether you have the mathematical ability and desire to study for and pass some difficult exams at this stage in your life, whether you are likely you fit in well in the workplace including working with and for people younger than you.
Actuarial work involved with regulation would be a good fit for you.