An Actuary is an essential component of an insurance company. An Actuary calculates the probability of future risk using mathematics and statistics to study past events. Unlike an Underwriter, the Actuary isn’t determining the potential cost of a customer’s policy based on their risk factors, but providing the Underwriter with the data to determine the potential cost to the insurer. Several Universities in Ireland offer Actuarial Degree courses; however, you do not necessarily have to complete an Actuarial Degree to become an Actuary. Most employers will look at a broad range of numerical based qualifications including Maths, Statistics, Engineering, Physics. A Trainee Actuary will also have to sit professional exams which can take between 3 – 6 years to complete, however most employers will provide support for this.
An Actuarial career is both distinguished and rewarding, with salaries reaching beyond €200,000 for an experienced Senior Actuary. A Trainee or Part Qualified Actuary can look for a salary between €30,000 - €50,000 with the potential to increase quickly as they gain more experience.
Waterford City is the principal City in the South East of Ireland. The City covers an area of 4,157 hectares and has a population of 50,000 living in the City and its suburbs. A further 150,000 people live within 50 kms of the City and commute the short distance to Waterford City to work, shop and access the rich and varied cultural opportunities in the City. County Waterford offers a dazzling 147 kilometres coastline, with 49 beaches, beautiful river valleys, lakes and two dramatic ranges of very accessible mountains.