ActuariesDescription: Actuaries design insurance plans that will help their company make a profit. They study statistics and social trends to decide how much money an insurance company should charge for an insurance policy. They predict the amount of money an insurance company will have to pay to its customers for claims. Some actuaries are selfemployed and work as consultants.Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2008-09 Edition at http://www.bls.gov/OCO/Complete Job Profile: http://www.bls.gov/oco/ocos041.htmSalary: \$50,001 or more per yearComments:Actuaries need mathematics beyond calculus and all these topics are necessary background to succeed in these college classes. sormanic@member.ams.org christina sormani

There are 71 math topics Actuaries need to know.
 Basic Math / Algebra
Fractions
Decimals
Ratio and Proportion
Percent
Customary Measurement
Metric Measurement
Measurement Conversion
Basic Probability
Basic Statistics
Statistical Graphing
Powers and Roots
Other Number Bases
Negative Numbers
Scientific Notation
Basic Problem Solving
 First-Year Algebra
Using Formulas
Linear Equations
Linear Inequalities
Operations with Polynomials
Factoring Polynomials
Rational Expressions
Coordinate Graphing 2D
Linear Systems
Algebraic Representation
 Geometry
Basic Terminology
Angle Measurement
Congruent Triangles
Triangle Inequalities
Parallel Lines
Similarity
Geometric Mean
Pythagorean Theorem
Right Triangle Trigonometry
Circles
Constructions
Area
Volume
Transformations
Make/Use 3D Drawings
 Second-Year Algebra / Trigonometry
Functions
Variation
Imaginary Numbers
Polynomial Equations
Logarithms
Sequences and Series
Matrices
Coordinate Graphing 3D
Conic Sections
Non-Linear Systems
Trigonometric/Circular Functions
Graphs of Trigonometric Functions
Trigonometric Identities
Trigonometric Equations/Inverses
Oblique Triangles
Polar Coordinates/Graphs
Vectors
 Other Topics
Calculus and Higher Math
Basic Calculator Use
Scientific Calculator Use
Computer Use
Computer Programming
Group Problem Solving
Mental Math
Inductive/Deductive Reasoning
Math Communications
Mathematical Modeling