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Old 07-11-2014, 11:59 AM
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Not like an MD plate that allows you to park in special spots. MDs are definitely higher social status. To be fair they are helping people more.
Actuaries have a larger effect on society per capita than doctors.
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Not like an MD plate that allows you to park in special spots. MDs are definitely higher social status. To be fair they are helping people more.
Most doctors are just administrative gatekeepers. The whole "helping people" thing is pretty overwrought.
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Old 07-11-2014, 12:52 PM
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Doesn't really matter whether actuaries are higher/lower tier than doctor, lawyer. Your MIL is still going to hate you.
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Old 07-11-2014, 12:56 PM
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Doctor is a 1st tier career choice. Lawyer is a 2nd tier career choice.

Actuary is a back-up career choice for people that tried loftier careers that didn't work out or less talented but still bright people.

Actuary is my 4th career choice. After this, I'm going to be a TKD instructor.
Eh, I choose it for the work/life balance, and low barrier to entry. (For real -- taking exams when you want to is much less of a personal imposition than being a medical intern.) I could certainly have been a doctor, which was my second choice career option.

But no question that actuary is lower prestige than doctor.
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How the term actuary really originated:

A Chinese student went to America to fulfill his parents' dream of become a respected professional in a prestigious field. He didn't do well in medical classes but did reasonably well in math. When he called his parents to tell them he wasn't going to apply to med school they asked him, "So, what kind of doctor are you going to become? Neurologist? Heart surgeon?"
He stammered, "Actuary..."
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Also, more and more people continue to hear about actuaries largely in part because of the continued media publications placing us as the #1 job in US or close to it.

To me, it's more prestigious when someone hears you are an actuary than a lawyer, which I guess I already posted above this morning. But beyond that, it also gives people an impression that you are really smart or at least really really good at math!

Haha, let's toot our own horn some more.
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Lets put it this way. If I were stranded on an island with a few people and I could choose between an actuary or an MD to join us, I'm picking the MD.
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As for lawyers, I agree with old Billy Shakes. Kill them first.
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Lets put it this way. If I were stranded on an island with a few people and I could choose between an actuary or an MD to join us, I'm picking the MD.
I'd have to see how many burpees they could do, first.
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