Career Opportunities

Chief Executive Officer of the Sammons Financial Group, Inc., Chairman of The Principal Financial Group; Chairman of Unified Life Insurance Co.; CEO of GuideOne Insurance, Swiss Re Division Head Casualty—these are just a few of the School of Actuarial Science’s outstanding alumni. Many actuarial science graduates maintain strong ties to the University, recruit students for internships and jobs, and are a great resource as you attend Drake and begin your career.

As highly sought-after professionals actuaries work in many fields, including finance, risk management, and insurance.  The actuarial career ranks high for job satisfaction and compensation. recently identified actuary as the No. 1 job in the United States, and CNNMoney named actuarial science as on the top 15 most lucrative college degrees.  Experienced actuarial fellows may earn $150,000 or more.  According to CNN Money, starting salaries average around $45,000 and $50,000 a year for recently graduated actuaries.  To learn more about traditional career paths taken by actuaries, visit Society of Actuaries Traditional Paths.   Examples of non-traditional fields include enterprise risk managment, investments, sales and marketing, and entrepreneurship.  More information about these and other non-traditional paths can be found at the Society of Actuary's Non-Traditional Paths.

In addition to the professional staff in Drake’s Professional and Career Development Center, Career bluePrint helps students and alumni advance their careers and find job openings.