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    Actuary.com - Level I Poster Stephanie K's Avatar
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    Just Wondering

    What made you decide to become an actuary?

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    My high school calc teacher used to be an actuary and said it might be a good match for me. I looked at beanactuary.org and knew it was perfect. I wanted to avoid a lot of schooling, be paid fairly well, not work all the time, be respected, and use math.

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    While working on a masters' in math, a friend told me of a friend who wanted to hire an actuarial trainee. His friend, a new ASA, persuaded me to accept a job offer -- the pay looked good, especially as I was just getting married.

    I'd thought I would try it for the summer, then go back to grad school. But the work was interesting, the actuarial math challenging, the pay rewarding. When the co moved into new offices, the LDS Church leader who came to dedicate the building said "Insurance is the free enterprise method of preserving the dignity of man."

    That made me feel I was helping the world, not just counting dead people. It cemented my decision to be an actuary. I've enjoyed focusing on making insurance better for other people ever since.
    I thought this WAS a real job

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    Good pay, low stress, flexible work schedule, respect, good pay, challenging, interesting work, intelligent co-workers, and well I have a growing family so, good pay.

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    Actuary.com - Level I Poster Stephanie K's Avatar
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    Everyone keeps talking about good pay.

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    Early in my career, I wondered why actuaries were so well-paid. It seemed incredible that a company would actually pay me to study, i.e., pay me for 8 hours when I only worked 7. Then I worked awhile at a consulting firm, saw the huge profits other people made based upon the pre-ASA actuarial work I could do.

    I never again doubted that actuarial work was worthy of the high pay.
    I thought this WAS a real job

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    My interests are math, business, and economics. I'm a greedy person. It worked out well.
    Whether you are the lion or the gazelle, when the sun comes up, you better be running.

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    Is it really true that actuary is well-paid? Of course, no doubt, the fellows are well-paid; the appointed actuaries are well-paid, the senior actuaries with years of experience are well-paid. But what about fresh graduates with 3~4 exams passed, or even with ASA designation?

    I say this because I am in Malaysia and I am still in university. And according to the president of PAM (Actuary Society of Malaysia), he said that averagely the fresh graduates are only paid RM 2000 monthly (in Malaysia), which is only USD 577 monthly (Should I convert and compare in this way?) This amount is really low, worse than being a fresh graduated engineer. Can anyone give some comment about this?
    Last edited by sohpmalvin; August 9th 2007 at 02:44 AM.

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    Oh a greedy person. That sounds nice. Are you really from a place called Phuket? Sounds a little made up to me...
    What is the average salary for an entry level actuary? Does anyone know?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stephanie K View Post
    Oh a greedy person. That sounds nice. Are you really from a place called Phuket? Sounds a little made up to me...
    What is the average salary for an entry level actuary? Does anyone know?
    Phuket is in Thailand, a country at the north of Malaysia.

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