||Finance and Insurance
What He Does
Matthew calculates automobile insurance rates at AIPSO, a non-profit company
that services drivers who have been unable to obtain auto insurance elsewhere.
He presents his results to Governing Committees made up of insurance company
executives, prepares filings with state insurance departments, and addresses the
concerns of the regulators or consulting actuaries reviewing the filings.
Math on the Job
Actuarial work uses probability and statistics, particularly when estimating
losses for the coming year. Matt uses spreadsheets to adjust for recent trends
such as the change in average costs over time due to inflation and other factors
like jury awards, and development (the difference between the reserves set by
adjusters when claims are reported and their ultimate settlement amounts). Most
day-to-day calculations are algebraic, but understanding statistical
distributions and regression allows Matt to adjust the methodology to handle
Matt received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Secondary Education (Mathematics)
from Rhode Island College in 1997. He spent one year working at Blue Cross as a
dental underwriter, and has been at AIPSO since 1998. As a participant in the
actuarial student program at AIPSO, Matt has passed the nine exams necessary to
attain his fellowship in the Casualty Actuarial Society in 2005.
Advice for Students
Take courses in areas that require strong math skills, such as finance,
accounting, or physics.
Develop your presentation skills by volunteering to speak to the public,
especially about technical matters.
Do your homework and find out whether a professional credential is
required in the career path you seek. Any progress you make before
graduation demonstrates to potential employers your level of interest
and commitment to the career.