If you don't have a love affair with numbers, the work can be painstakingly dull. In a small shop, since you are the only actuary at work in the company, there is a lot of pressure on you to be on the ball and interpret the available data correctly, and accurately assess the relevant probabilities. You make a nice paycheck but you are certainly made to earn it. It might be a good idea to start out by assessing the risk of you going insane and jumping off a building. If it is better than 50%, we suggest trying a different path. And think about your cronies. Anyone who would take this job in the first place is…a low risk kind of person. Your own shadow scare you? Or did you in fact dare to eat that peach? Know thyself before jumping in here because, unless you love worrying about the downside, the job won't love you back.