Hello all, I’m hoping that I can gain some educated knowledge on what I should do with my future. I am currently a college student enrolled in “general education.” My preferred major would’ve been in mathematics but unfortunately that major is not available with the college that I am attending. Earlier in the year, I had the idea in my brain that I wanted to be a math teacher (hence why I chose the general education major), but since then my family has drilled it into my head that the money that a math teacher makes is very hard to live by and make a living off of. With that in mind, I have looked into other job opportunities available that have the potential of interesting me, and while I do have limited knowledge of the actuarial profession, it sounded like it was right up my alley. So my first question that I’d like to ask is, what exactly does the job of an actuary entail?
I would also like to know the specifics of the websites I have read that state that you need a bachelor’s degree in college in order to become an actuary, and while there are suggested majors that I have seen that lead to becoming an actuary, would a major in general education be sufficient enough to land me a job as an actuary? Also, I am currently involved in my first semester down this path of general education, so my plan is to give all of my time and effort to this semester and then study for the first actuarial exam all summer and hopefully pass the exam right at the end of the summer directly leading into my upcoming semester of college, is this a good plan to have? Or is it flawed?
I would love to hear any suggestions from people who have more knowledge on the topic than I do, and I’m sorry if I am asking this question on the wrong topic listing on this website.