Opportunities in Hartford for Actuaries
Many of those actuary jobs can be found in Greater Hartford. Hartford also offers great opportunities to build a strong group of friends as you build a strong actuarial career. Networking opportunities in Hartford include an active Actuaries Club of Hartford & Springfield and with many social events.
Obviously, we want you to consider a career at Phoenix. But we also know that drawing top talent to the Hartford region benefits all of us. No matter what your insurance specialty or where your actuarial interests lie, we know you’ll find an opportunity in Hartford that fits your talents and meets your goals. If you land anywhere in the metro area, we welcome you to our neighborhood!
Connecticut carriers rank fifth in direct written life insurance premium throughout the U.S. Life insurance carriers in the Hartford area provide protection through a variety of sales channels - agents, banks, financial advisors, and direct to consumer. In addition, a number of the carriers, like Phoenix, offer annuities to help individuals live comfortably in retirement.
In the life insurance sector, carriers continue to look for innovative ways to close a national gap in insurance coverage. Few individuals have the coverage they need to protect their families in case something bad happens to them. Rapid changes in technology and communications open new possibilities to solve this problem. Will products like microinsurance fill the gap? Answers to questions like this require great life insurance actuaries to solve.
Similarly, retirement planning offers tremendous opportunities for actuaries to help. Few individuals have saved sufficient funds to retire in the manner they deserve. How do we create products that encourage meaningful contributions over time? How can we make the funds they do have work more efficiently in a low interest environment? Connecticut annuity actuaries must balance the promise of technology, new payment methods, increased life expectancy, and investment risk to meet these requirements. To help us in the process, we benefit from having the research headquarters of LIMRA based in nearby Windsor, CT.
Most major reinsurers have established offices in the Hartford area to be near their primary clients as well next to a natural source of talent. This sector has experienced tremendous consolidation in the last 10 years. A handful of companies now claim a very large share of traditional reinsurance transactions.
However, as the insurance market has rapidly changed, demand for specialized reinsurance expertise has significantly increased. The globalization of the economy, environmental challenges, evolution of financial markets, and, of course, the rapid emergence of new technology have created the need for new products and new pricing models.
Reinsurers in Connecticut drive and support most of the Insurtech-related initiatives in the industry in some manner. The reinsurers may make direct investments in startups. They may advise on marketing and pricing. And, of course, they often step first to the table to assume most the new emerging risks.
Providing access to quality and affordable health care continues to challenge public officials, insurers, the medical profession, and related industries. Health insurance actuaries find themselves on the forefront of providing analysis that will help these players improve healthcare quality, lower costs and increase outcomes for both individual patients and the overall population.
Four large health insurers in Greater Hartford hire actuaries locally to help solve this problem. The Hartford and neighboring communities boast a strong health care sector - not only through a vibrant insurance community, but also through a number of good local hospitals and strong medical education programs. Partnerships between insurers and providers form easily across town.
Just as in all sectors, emerging technology to change the way healthcare is delivered, monitored, and reduced. Artificial learning continues to show great promise in better assessing and monitoring risks. Personal devices increasingly help individuals manage personal health conditions, like heart conditions and diabetes. Actuaries will play an important role evaluating the performance and determining whether to invest resources.
Some actuaries enjoy long and successful careers in Hartford without ever working directly for an insurer. A large number of consulting firms in the Greater Hartford area employ actuaries for a diverse set of clients on a wide range of problems
Several firms in the area run large offices that directly support the needs of primary carriers in traditional product work. They may help price, monitor, and manage new, highly specialized, or problematic sets of products. They often support valuation work during merger & acquisitions efforts. Sometimes they provide strategic recommendations for the most important business decisions that companies make.
Other consulting firms in Hartford provide general consulting and account services for a broad array of companies. An internal actuarial department will provide support for compensation plans, audits, and occasional strategy projects.
Other firms focus on solving specific business problems requiring the ability calculate and analyze statistics, make forecasts, and provide the most accurate information to clients to help them make business decisions. Clients may have absolutely no relation to the insurance industry.
Curious about how working as an actuary for a consulting firm might differ from working in an actuarial department in an insurance company? Check out these interviews with actuaries sharing their perspective on that question on the Society of Actuaries website.
|Ernst & Young||Hartford|
|Scio Health Analytics||West Hartford|
|Willis Towers Watson||Hartford|
Property and casualty insurance has been a part of the business landscape in Hartford for more than 200 years, with an early advertisement for fire insurance appearing in the Connecticut Courant in 1794. Centuries later, Connecticut carriers rank fifth in property and casualty direct written premium throughout the U.S.
Today, actuaries still evaluate many of the same risks - fire, flood, and accidents - but with new types of data. Pricing models include data drawn from satellites, wearables, miniature weather sensors, and even drones.
Will driverless cars drive premiums down because of reduced accidents? Or will premiums increase because of more expensive vehicles and distracted driving?
Will the sharing economy bring more people into homes and create greater chances of claims? Or will the connected home automatically reduce the likelihood of fire and flood, the two largest home claims risks that carriers manage?
Hartford actuaries in property & casualty companies wrestle with these and many other interesting issues today. Our close proximity to top research and high-tech manufacturing facilities will facilitate much collaboration and innovation in this arena.
Salaries, cost of living, and quality of life should also play an important factor for every actuary thinking about jobs and long-term careers. We have consolidated a number of published statistics to help you evaluate opportunities in areas with high level of employment for actuaries. Most publicly available data exists consistently at the state level. As you narrow your focus, remember that these factors can change dramatically at the metropolitan level.
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