Karen Lyn Manuharan
English 187, Section 070
Compare and Contrast Essay: Final Copy
April 1, 2013
Actuaries and Physical Therapists
Does anyone have a hard time choosing what career or job which they really want to do in the future? I personally have two jobs that I am considering right now: actuary and physical therapist. Actuaries basically manage risk. They help organizations plan for the future and protect themselves from loss. Physical therapists use a variety of techniques to improve mobility, relieve pain and prevent permanent physical disabilities in their patients. The reason why I am choosing between these two jobs is very much related to my past experience. Since my youth, I was influenced by my elder sister who is very good in mathematics. Due to her influence, I have a big interest in mathematics. I wish my future job will be related to mathematics, which is why I considered becoming an actuary. In addition, I love to watch dramas that are related to medical education. In fact, I just finished watching a Hong Kong drama named ‘On Call 36 Hours’. It is a medical drama. After watching that drama, I have the desire to help those injured patients to recover from pains and injuries. Although many might think these two jobs are very different, they have very much in common.
Firstly, actuaries and physical therapists both have to pass exams in order to earn professional title. Actuaries must go through a series of professional papers, which are exams for actuaries in order to achieve a status as an actuary. There are nine professional papers in total. After passing all nine of the exams, they will achieve associateship. In actuarial science, we will have the opportunity to work as an actuary while completing the examination process. Employers often allow study time during working hours, pay exam fees, and provide internships. Many companies which employ actuaries have automatic pay raises or promotions when exams are passed. As a result, actuarial...
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