Becoming an actuary


Become an actuary

How much do actuaries earn? What do they do day to day? How can I meet the Profession and working actuaries? This section of the website will help you answer those questions and many more.

The career is very diverse, and the different routes to qualification whether in the UK or internationally, will allow you to explore the career path in a way that suits you.


Careers events

IFoA Careers Open Evening: Get a taste of life as an actuary 

If you’re tempted by a starting salary of £36k, incredible opportunities for career progression and a meeting of mathematical minds with some of the industry’s brightest people, then now is the perfect time to discover your new career.

Join us at our annual careers reception and get a flavour of what it’s like to be an actuary. You’ll be able to chat with Institute and Faculty of Actuaries (IFoA) staff, and meet with professionals in the field.  It’s sure to whet your appetite.

Wednesday 21 October, 15.30 - 20.00, Staple Inn Hall, London

Book to attend:


 Meet an Actuary:  We're coming to a careers fair near you! 
1 October  University of Glasgow
6 October  University of Edinburgh
7 - 8 October  Scottish Graduate Fair
14 October  Queens University Belfast
14 October  Manchester University
14 October  University of Surrey
16 October  University of Bath
20 October  Southampton University 
28 October  Cambridge University
28 October  Heriot-Watt University
28 October  University of Birmingham
3 November  University of Exeter
3 November  University of Kent

Careers material 2015 - 2016

Find out more about becoming an actuary through our brand new official guide to Becoming an Actuary. The brochure covers topics such as;

  • The IFoA
  • Recruitment advice
  • Case studies
  • International information
  • Qualification information


We also have our annual Directory of Actuarial Employers which will give you information on gaining placements, work experience, internships and trainee graduate schemes with actuarial employers.

Career presentations

Members of the IFoA regularly attend events at schools, colleages and universities to give presentations and talks on becoming an actaury.  If you have an event coming up and would like an actaury to attend please contact: 

International Actuarial Careers Network (IACN)

The IACN is an global network of students who belong to an online community hosted on our website. Students are able to join together to discuss industry topics, network with students and employers and find out firsthand what employers and the industry want from them. It is an opportunity to join like minded people to raise your profile within the Actuarial Profession and amongst employers to help you gain relevant industry knowledge and help you in your job search. If this sounds like something that would interest you - come and find out more.

Have you got a question?

Contact the team or one of our many Career Ambassadors for more information on the working life of an actuary.