Introducing Actuarial Science to High School Students (pp. 1--6)

Chloe Wilson, Janet M. Walker


Actuarial science is one of the fastest growing careers in our modern society. The actuarial career continues to be named one of the best jobs in the United States based on work environment, job outlook, security, and stress level (US News, 2019). This profession continues to grow at a rate of 3.53% per year and currently has a workforce of over 10.9 million. The median salary for an actuary in 2018 was $102,880 per year (U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2019).

Many high school students are learning that this field is a very good career, yet most of them have no idea what it entails and most of their teachers are not able to provide much guidance because they themselves are unaware of its content. The purpose of this article is to introduce both teachers and students to the field of actuarial science.  The article defines what an actuary is, what an actuary does, and the path to becoming an actuary.

Full Text:



Bratcher, E. (2019). Actuary overview. US News & World Report. Retrieved Sept, 2019 from

Bureau of Labor Statistics (2020). Occupational outlook handbook: Actuaries. Retrieved July, 2020 from

Society of Actuaries (2019). Associate of the Society of Actuaries. Retrieved July, 2019 from


  • There are currently no refbacks.

Copyright (c) 2020 Chloe Wilson, Janet M. Walker

The Ohio Journal of School Mathematics is published by the Ohio Council of Teachers of Mathematics and hosted by The Ohio State University Libraries.

If you encounter problems with the site or have comments to offer, including any access difficulty due to incompatibility with adaptive technology, please contact

ISSN 2472-5986 (print)
ISSN 2472-601X (online)