We came across two connected articles written by Annmarie Geddes Baribeau for the US Casualty Actuarial Society magazine which together set out the non-traditional roles performed by 8 actuaries, and their routes to get there. Published in late 2017, we found them useful examples of how professionals can push outside of the usual definitions for their profession, and contribute in other areas. Each of them first worked in insurance and/or consulting before entering new industries.
Annmarie highlights two common attributes across the individuals profiled: "First, they possess a willingness to charter the actuarial road less taken. Second, each one mentions the role of family as part of his or her career decisions."
Our takeaways from each of the 8 examples:
Sharon Carroll, Analytics Director, Hospitals / Healthcare
Bill Wilt, Research on diverse topics in insurance and reinsurance
Robert Anderson, Actuarial Manager for Hertz car rental
Mike McMurray, majority owner of a minor league baseball team (currently Hillsboro Hops)
Kevin Kuo, Software Engineer
[As an aside, the story of another software/technology expert applying his skills in a new area was published by Protagion earlier this month – see Tapiwa Chiwewe's story here]
Aaron Fezatte, Strategy Manager, online travel company Expedia
Cathine Lam, Data Scientist, Infectious Disease risk quantification and mitigation
Frank Chang, Director of Insurance Safety and Analytics, Uber Technologies (peer-to-peer transportation)
The full articles can be found at: