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Actuaries size up the risks for clients

Actuarial science is consistently ranked as one of the top jobs, with relatively high salaries, comfortable working conditions, and low unemployment.

Actuaries have been likened to a cross between a weather forecaster and math whiz — putting a price tag on future risks and applying statistical theories to solve business problems. For James Forbush, a partner at Aon Hewitt, actuarial science incorporates aspects of all that he enjoys: math, programming, finance, and consulting.

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