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Centre for Career and Personal Development Degree Profiles

These degree profiles look at potential jobs, key skills & atributes, associations & professional development and great books which relate to each degree and its potential career path.

Actuarial Science

Actuarial practitioners, also known as actuaries, are responsible for assessing and quantifying financial risk.

Sample Job Titles

Please note some of these positions may require further training, certification or education. Check out the occupational profiles to review the full details for the occupations that interest you at

  • Account Executive
  • Accountant
  • Actuarial Assistant
  • Actuary
  • Banker
  • Business Analyst
  • Computer Programmer
  • Database Administrator
  • Demographer
  • Financial Analyst
  • Foreign Services Officer
  • Information Analyst
  • Internal Auditor
  • Logistics Specialist
  • Marketing Consultant
  • Mathematician
  • Data Analyst
  • Numerical Analyst
  • Pension Specialist
  • Program Analyst
  • Research Analyst
  • Risk Analyst/Manager
  • Senior Negotiator
  • Statistical Consultant
  • Statistician
  • Systems Analyst
  • Tax Investigator
  • Teacher/Professor
  • Underwriter

Potential Industries

  • Accounting
  • Actuarial Science
  • Audit, consulting and financial advisory
  • Auditing
  • Banks & Financial Institutions
  • Bookkeeping
  • Business Analytics
  • Community/Public Health
  • Consulting
  • Consumer Research
  • Data Management
  • Defence
  • Demographics
  • Disaster Management
  • Disease Control/Prevention Centres
  • Economics
  • Education & Post-Secondary
  • Employee Benefits/Pension
  • Epidemiology
  • Finance
  • Genetics
  • Government
  • Information Systems
  • Information Technologies
  • Insurance Companies
  • Investment Firms
  • Manufacturing
  • Market Research and Analysis
  • Market Research Firms
  • Medical Research
  • Opinion Research
  • Pharmaceutical
  • Post-Secondary Institutions
  • Psychometrics
  • Research Firms
  • Research-based pharmaceutical
    and Health-care companies
  • Resource Management
  • Risk management and tax
  • Software and Program Development
  • Software Corporations
  • Statistical Research and Analysis
  • Telecommunications

Key Skills & Knowledge

Problem solving - Develop research models and establish hypotheses using logical thinking; Cause, effect and forecasting; Measure distances, sizes and relationships 

Analysis and evaluation - Perform calculations and analyze probabilities; Attention to detail; Conceptualize and synthesize complex numbers, formulae and statistics

Communication - Share research findings with both technical and non-technical audiences through oral presentations and written communication

Technical - Design and use computer simulations

Analytical - Use of critical and creative thinking to evaluate ideas and see relationships among factors; Pattern, structure and relationship identification

Research - Survey design and analysis; Gather, analyze and synthesize data

Did you know?

Formal Career Assessments like the Strong Interest Inventory and the Myers Briggs Type Indicator can be helpful tools for your career development.  These assessments have been used for decades to help individuals choose a major, explore career options during and upon completion of a degree and to further understand yourself in relationship to the world of work.  Inquire with Career Services if you are interested in these formal assessments.


Key Contacts

Faculty Contact
Mathematical Sciences 476
T: 403.220-5210

Clubs on Campus

University of Calgary Actuarial Society
Women in Science and Engineering (WISE)

Centre for Career and Personal Development
MacEwan Student Centre, Room 188
T: 403.220.8020