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In 2002 and 2009, a Wall Street Journal survey on the best jobs in the United States listed actuary as the second best job, while in previous editions of the list, actuaries had been the top rated job (Lee 2002, Needleman 2009). The survey used six key criteria to rank jobs: environment, income, employment outlook, physical demands, security and stress. A similar survey by U.S. News & World Report in 2006 included actuaries among the 25 Best Professions that it expects will be in great demand in the future (Nemko 2006).

Outside the UK and US you may find insurance careers opportunities with companies like Allianz in Abu Dhabi, Aviva and AXA in Australia, Standard Life in Canada and China, HSBC in Hong Kong, Indian Mercantile in India, Mapfre in Madrid, Pan-American Life in Puerto Rico, Prudential in the Philippines and Sanlam in South Africa. And the roles are just as diverse as the locations; broking, HR, claims, reinsurance, IT, marketing, underwriting, business development. we could go on..

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