Graduates from Dordt’s actuarial science program have worked for businesses like Milliman Inc. in Brookfield, Wisconsin, Principle Financial Group in Des Moines, Iowa, and Sammons Financial Group in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. The career outcome rate for our actuarial science graduates in 2017 was:
100% Career Outcome RAte
More about the class of 2017 and career outcome rates at More After Dordt.
Dordt’s actuarial science program will help you transition from college to workplace by helping you pass your certification exams. Passing at least one (and preferably two) exams before graduating is important, so we emphasize exam preparation starting the fall semester of your first year. Our nationwide network of alumni can help you find an internship, which can typically turn into a job offer before you gradaute.
Our graduates work in the insurance and pension management fields, as well as in other financial risk management areas like banks and investment firms, labor unions, and the government. Read more about career prospects and the actuarial science field at www.beanactuary.com.
JOSH NYMEYER ('14)
Pricing actuary at Zurich Insurance, Overland Park, Kansas
In 2012, Josh Nymeyer was a busy guy. As a third year student on the campus of Dordt College with two majors, he decided to pick up a third in the form of actuarial science. In September, with nearly an entire school year yet to complete, Nymeyer received his first job offer as an actuary. In just over one year's time, Nymeyer had traveled a road filled with hours of hard work and more studying than he originally planned. But when he picked up his phone to hear Zurich Insurance on the other end, it was worth it.
When Nymeyer heard about actuarial science in his junior year, he was excited right away and began looking into it. Already studying business finance and accounting, it seemed like the perfect fit to him. He picked up the third major and began preparing for the first actuarial exam without much knowledge of the process. "I went into the first one (FM) expecting it to be easy. It's a standardized test, it couldn't be that bad."
"I was wrong."
Nymeyer studied about 80 hours for the first exam. The recommended standard is 300 hours. "After I failed the first one, I knew how much work had to be done to prepare for the next. I studied much more and passed." He immediately began studying for the second exam and started applying for internships right away.
Nymeyer knew he needed to secure an internship for the summer, and he knew he was late to the party. As a junior with just one exam passed, he was already a couple years behind. "I knew I had to work hard to get a summer internship before my senior year. I probably applied around 40 places all over the country, and heard back from three of them." One of those three was Zurich Insurance. Nymeyer accepted and spent the summer of 2013 in Kansas City. A few months later came the job offer.
Actuarial internships often lead to job offers, and Nymeyer knows he wouldn't have received his offer without the summer in Kansas City. Working hard for the company while also studying for his next exam was crucial. "Actuarial internships are like extended interviews and are important for both parties. I showed them my capabilities and work ethic, and they showed me what it's like to work at the company."
Nymeyer recommends working very hard to get an internship as soon as possible, and then continuing to work hard in that internship to secure a job. He also insists Dordt prepared him for the hard work that comes along with actuarial science. "Having an actuarial science major shows companies your interest in the area. That is only one of the reasons I'm thankful for Dordt College and its actuarial program."