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Your guide to become an Actuary in Malaysia

Average Salary

RM 3,000 - 3,500

Job Demand

Who is an Actuary?

An Actuary is one who deals with the management of risks by analysing and calculating costs to minimise risks of uncertain future events.

Actuaries utilise their knowledge in statistics, mathematical reasonings and probability to calculate estimated costs for an insurance plan. Their job is not only limited to the field of insurance, but also advising pension funds, savings, capital projects, investments, healthcare and risk management. Besides Actuary being consistently rated as a top profession, it also provides a interesting work and competitive compensation. They are known as the backbone of financial security due to the a...

Actuaries utilise their knowledge in statistics, mathematical reasonings and probability to calculate estimated costs for an insurance plan. Their job is not only limited to the field of insurance, but also advising pension funds, savings, capital projects, investments, healthcare and risk management. Besides Actuary being consistently rated as a top profession, it also provides a interesting work and competitive compensation. They are known as the backbone of financial security due to the amount of responsibility they hold and how much companies rely on them. An Actuary’s work is intellectually stimulating and work in a variety of setting.

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The pros and cons of being an Actuary:

Pros

Excellent compensation

Flexibility in job prospects. If you don't want to work in the insurance industry, you'll likely find offers in the consulting and banking industries

Good job demand

Cons

Examinations are difficult, and without passing them, it's extremely difficult to obtain a job

Not the ideal job for people who hate maths because this job requires a lot of maths!

What are all the responsibilities of an Actuary ?

Determine probability and risks of certain events happening, such as the accident rates of certain groups

Develop financial products

Prepare reports

Determine risk of investment banking

Present reports to clients and advising on how to reduce risk

Communicate with clients and maintaining relationships with other professionals

Handle mergers and acquisitions

What skills do you need to become an Actuary?

A love for numbers

While most people have a hate-hate relationship with maths, you can’t imagine life without it. You live and breathe numbers and never get tired of counting. You are like a living calculator who never runs out of batteries. Just as Biology is the foundation in Medicine, Maths is the foundation in Actuarial Science.

Strong computer skills

Actuaries have to generate reports based on their calculations, financial schemes and amount of profit the company makes every year. Apart from being good in maths, they also need to be good in their computer skills such as formulating spreadsheets, statistical analysis programmes, database manipulation, programming languages, etc.

Analytical and problem-solving skills

As an Actuary, you will need to assess the risks of the company or an individual and come up with solutions by introducing suitable financial plans. You need to analyse the situation, sometimes on a case-to-case basis, and figure out a scheme that minimises loss for the company and minimises risks for the individual.

What field(s) of study should you choose to become an Actuary?

What are the requirements to be an Actuary?

A degree in Actuarial Science is necessary, though other degrees such as business, economics or statistics would also be useful to pursue this career. This is a very intellectual job so the higher qualification and more certificates you get, the higher your chances of obtaining a job. Completing two actuarial exams before you graduate would greatly increase your job prospects.

What are the working hours of an Actuary?

Actuaries work in the office most of the time for an average of 40 hours per week. Actuaries who work for consulting groups will have to travel to meet clients. Those in consulting or banking firms might have to work longer hours due to its unpredictable schedule.

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