If you love numbers and managing spreadsheets, being an actuarymay be the perfect job for you. According to a recent report from CareerCast.com, high jobsatisfaction, a positive hiring outlook, and generous average paymake the actuarial profession the best job in the United States in2015.

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Actuary has continually ranked hight in the Job RankingReport, which uses data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics to evaluatefactors such as employment stability, stress level, and workenvironment. While the report cites an actuary's averagesalary at $94,209, surveys conducted by actuarial recruiting firmsindicate that salaries can rise to an average high of $489,000 foractuaries with credentials awarded by the Casualty Actuarial Society (CAS) and 20+ years'experience.

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[Related: Oh, the humanity! Actuarial employment outlook forthe next decade]

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According the the CAS, a casualty actuary is a professionalskilled in the analysis, evaluation and management of the financialimplications of future contingent events primarily with respect togeneral insurance, including property, casualty, and similar riskexposures. A casualty actuary has practical knowledge of how thesevarious risks interact with each other and the environment in whichthese risks occur.

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