4 degrees with 0% unemployment

College grads who majored in actuarial science or astrophysics have a practically nonexistent unemployment rate.

Actuary job in hand, before the degree
Actuary job in hand, before the degree
Bette Wiebke
Majored in Actuarial Science, Class of `12
Drake University

Why become an actuary? My parents kind of planted the idea in my head from an early age, because math was always my favorite subject in school. Plus, they knew it would be a lucrative profession.

An actuary is basically supposed to predict the future, estimating future risks and costs. Being able to do that well is so valuable to a company.

This weekend, I graduated with my bachelor's in actuarial science. I've already had a job lined up since September, and I would say the same is true for the majority of my classmates, who have also had job offers for a long time.

I'll be working at Travelers Insurance in St. Paul, Minn., in their property and casualty business.

Overall, 0% unemployment in our field may be a bit of an overstatement. I know a couple students who haven't decided what they're doing yet.

But the fact that most of us can get jobs coming straight out of college, definitely says something good about the occupation.


By Annalyn Censky @CNNMoney - Last updated May 23 2012: 8:13 AM ET
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