An actuary is a professional who, using probability theory and mathematical, statistical and financial techniques, analyses the financial consequences of risk to enable businesses to make better-informed decisions. You will assess the financial impact of uncertain future events by methodically analyzing the past, modeling the future, and quantifying the likely range of financial outcomes from different future events. Confused? Read this. Say a person buys a car. The insurance for this car needs to be determined. The actuary does this calculation. Your skills in finance and risk management will be used in areas such as insurance, pensions and investment. Other applications include census studies, forecasting, banking and finance The actuary will analyze statistical data, such as mortality, accident, sickness, disability, and retirement rates and construct probability tables to forecast risk and liability for payment of future benefits. Using these statistics you will ascertain premium rates and cash reserves necessary to ensure payment of future benefits.
Actuaries are experts in assessing the financial impact of tomorrows uncertain events. They enable financial decisions to be made with more confidence by:
• Analyzing the past
• Modelling the future
• Assessing the risks involved, and
• Communicating what the results mean in financial terms.
Actuaries add value by enabling businesses and individuals to make better-informed decisions, with a clearer view of the likely range of financial outcomes from different future events. The actuaries skills in analysis and modelling of problems in finance, risk management and product design are used extensively in the areas of insurance, pensions, investment and more recently in wider fields such as project management, banking and health care. Within these industries, actuaries perform a wide variety of roles such as design and pricing of product, financial management and corporate planning. Actuaries are invariably involved in the overall management of insurance companies and pension, gratuity and other employee benefit funds schemes; they have statutory roles in insurance and employee benefit valuations to some extent in social insurance schemes sponsored by government. Actuarial skills are valuable for any business managing long-term financial projects both in the public and private sectors. Actuaries apply professional rigor combined with a commercial approach to the decision -making process.
Actuaries balance their role in business management with responsibility for safeguarding the financial interests of the public. The duty of Actuaries to consider the public interest is illustrated by their legal responsibility for protecting the benefits promised by insurance companies and pension schemes. The professions code of conduct demands the highest standards of personal integrity from its members.
Actuarial consultants have also started to become more involved with decisions regarding health plans, advising on mergers and acquisitions, demutualization, new product development and asset management, financial analysis, alternative distribution systems, regulatory compliance and market conduct issues. The big brother of the Insurance industry in India is LIC (Life Insurance Corporation), which employs over 100,000 people. You could join as an Assistant Administrative Officer through the all-India examination. The examination is objective in nature and consists of logical reasoning, general knowledge and quantitative reasoning. The written exam is followed by an interview. On being selected candidates are sent for a six-month training programme.
Life insurance corporation of India is major recruiter.
Star Health & Allied Insurance Company Ltd.
IDBI Federal Life InsuranceTata AIG
Milliman India Pvt Ltd.
General Insurance Corporation of India
Amar Alliance Consultants Pvt Ltd.
Darwin Rhodes, India
A degree in math, statistics, economics, business or finance is a good starting point for a career in actuarial science.
You could even do your B.A. in actuarial science or a postgraduate certificate / diploma in insurance.
Actuarial Science is mainly offered as a three year degree course by some universities or as part of a degree programme.
you need to take the entrance exam – Associate and later Fellowship of the society- conducted by the Actuarial Society of India.
It is recognized in India as well as in Southeast Asia and Africa. To become an insurance surveyor you need to be a degree or diploma holder in engineering/architecture or hold a Fellowship/Associateship of the Institute of Chartered Accountants
In the government sector, starting salaries fall in the range of Rs 4000- 8,000 which can work up to Rs 6,000 – 9500 in the private sector.
A Zonal Manager gets Rs 16,000 a month. Management graduates can get Rs. 15,000/- to Rs. 25,000/- per month. Salaries in multinational are very good indeed.
At the entry level you will be paid around Rs 4 lakh p.a. and after five years of experience it can reach Rs 10, 00,000 p.a.
1. Institute of public enterprise Hyderabad , Andhra Pradesh
2. Amity School of Insurance and Actuarial Science, Noida
3. Actuarial Society of India, Mumbai
4. Amity Global Business School, Ahmedabad
5. Institute of Finance, Banking and Insurance
6. Bright International Education Trust ,Banglore /Begalooru ,Karnataka
7. B.N.N college, Thane , Maharashtra
8. Bharti Vidyapeeth Deemed University Pune ,Maharashtra
9.SVKM's NMIMS University, Mumbai