I thought I'd give you a taste of the actuarial sciences by bringing you a day in the life of a financial services actuary (in her own words) who works for a large hedge fund.
We take a look at the typical workday of three actuaries who work for different types of companies and who are at different stages in their careers.
A generous salary is obviously significant for many and a qualified actuary may be well rewarded – with many experienced actuaries picking up annual salaries which run into six figures.
The numbers Robin Houghton crunches really are deadly serious. But, he tells Jill Insley, his efforts often result in a much-improved income for clients.
We asked actuaries to describe a typical day on the job. Here is what they had to say...