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Library resources and websites covering actuarial science

Library of Congress Call Number Areas for Actuarial Science

Call Number areas include:

HG8011-HG9999 Insurance

HG8059 Business Insurance

QA273-280 Probabilities.  Mathematical statistics

What is Actuarial Science?

Actuarial science is a discipline used to determine risk in finance and insurance through statistics and mathematical models, to improve financial decision-making by evaluating the financial implications of uncertain future events. Individuals who become actuaries must prove their abilities through testing to obtain certification. The discipline encompasses probability and statistics, computer programming, finance and economics. In 2017, actuarial science was rated the eleventh best job in the United States according to a study by CareerCast.

What is an Actuary?

An actuary is a professional concerned with the financial evaluation of risk. They design and administer insurance programs, pensions, government welfare plans, and similar financial plans. The main responsibility of actuaries is to ensure that these plans operate on a sound financial basis. To do this they use many areas of mathematics (for example: probability theory, statistics, the theory of interest) as well as general principles of economics and finance.

Actuaries are experts in risk management. In particular, actuaries are involved in the design, pricing, financing, and operation of benefit plans which protect people from risks of injury, illness, death, property damage, and the loss of income due to unemployment or retirement. Actuaries use mathematical skills to create and manage programs that reduce the adverse financial impact of life's expected and unexpected events, including financial risks from investment. (University of Missouri-Columbia)