I asked a FCAS in a job interview how much actual math he does on a daily basis in his jobs. He said he adds, subtracts, multiplies and divides, but that he hasn't done any integration since he was studying for exams. On the other hand, I've walked past other fellows' offices and seen their whiteboards covered with complicated math problems.

So here's a question for all of you out there who are actually working as an actuary. How often do actually do any math beyond the basics?

I hear people talk about how they're attracted to the idea of a whole career of solving math problems, but somehow I keep getting the impression that its actually a career of knowing which function to use in excel.

So here's a question for all of you out there who are actually working as an actuary. How often do actually do any math beyond the basics?

I hear people talk about how they're attracted to the idea of a whole career of solving math problems, but somehow I keep getting the impression that its actually a career of knowing which function to use in excel.

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