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September 28, 2004

Actuaries in demand

When Ken Reiskytl and his wife rub shoulders with his professional peers, she likes to play a little game she created. She sizes up the couples and asks herself: Which one is the actuary? Usually, Ken said, her calculated guess is right.

Actuaries – part math geeks and part problem-solvers – are a rare breed. Just 15,000 were employed in the United States in 2002, according to the career section on the Web site www.college grad.com. More than half of those worked for insurance carriers.

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Posted by Tom Troceen