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As the brother of an actuary, one of my favourite jokes is "Actuaries are people who tried accountancy but found it too exciting." :)

I started my programming career at an actuarial consultancy. My favourite was "There was once an actuary who was so boring, all the other actuaries noticed".

Actually I found the partners to be great people. I think some went out of their way to be unlike the image. I also think their particular skills can be applied more widely than the profession normally encompasses. A lot of the actuaries I met backed horses and I'm sure they had an unfair advantage!

AIUI, in the UK at least, it, along with veterinaries, require the longest period of training before chartered qualification.

my dad always phrased it as "Actuaries are people who wanted to be CPAs but failed the personality test"

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