If you have a talent for numbers and a desire to work in business, a career as an actuary may be for you. Consistently rated as one of the best jobs in America, an actuary uses mathematical models and analytic skills to assess financial security and quantify risk. Wartburg’s rigorous program—grounded in economics, finance, and mathematics—prepares students for a successful career in the world of risk management.

Housed in the Department of Mathematics, Computer Science & Physics, the actuarial science program prepares students to pass the initial certification exams before they graduate. More than that, Wartburg students also graduate equipped with the communication skills needed to become leaders in the field and the public face of the company they represent. In addition to classroom work, our students gain real-world experience at internships in a variety of fields, allowing them to better explore their interests and attain successful careers in a growing industry. 

Quick Facts

Actuary was listed as the fourth-best job, with a median salary of $93,680, in 2012-13, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Your degree also will prepare you for a career as a mathematician or statistician, the No. 1 and No. 3 best jobs, respectively.

The profession is expected to grow by 26 percent by 2022, compared to an 11 percent average for all occupations.

Most actuaries live and work in the Northeast (Manhattan is a financial capital) and in the Midwest, where many large corporations are headquartered.

Actuaries work in the insurance industry, for private corporations, government, or as independent consultants. The choice is yours.


Brian Birgen

Professor of Mathematics