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. CareerCast.com 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.

CBPA News
December 2, 2016
Students in the Drake University College of Business and Public Administration had the opportunity to learn from Drake alumni and professional managers about post-graduation career opportunities during Finance Career Night on Wednesday, Oct. 26.
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