If you're looking for higher pay and better opportunities, what career skills should you seek? You might think leadership or communication skills would top the list, but a recent study says otherwise.
A massive study from MONEY and Payscale.com found SAS analytics skills to be the most valuable. The study “analyzed 54 million employee profiles, across 350 industries, with 15,000 job titles—from entry-level workers to top execs."
SAS skills top a list of top 21 traits considered most valuable by employers. The study attributes this to the rise of big data, adding, “…companies can use this information to do things like target new customers, improve service, and offer more personalized products—as long as they employ folks who understand how to organize, analyze, and apply it.”
SAS skill = higher pay
Tech jobs, including front end engineer, data scientist and data engineer, dominate a recent Glassdoor ranking of the 50 Best Jobs in America. In a Monster.com career advice article, the lead analyst for Payscale.com's salary database characterized data modeling as "highly valuable," that bigger paychecks result from growing your knowledge and aptitude in such a specialized skill. For an aspiring data analyst, for example, having SAS in their toolkit can mean a 17% larger paycheck than offered to a candidate without SAS know-how.
Career opportunities abound as demand for SAS talent soars at more than 80,000 customer sites around the world.
The study isolated “the specific skills (from a universe of about 2,300) correlated with higher pay, advancement, and career opportunity.” With an average pay boost of 6.1 percent, SAS was most valuable. Data mining and data modeling were also highly valuable skills, both of which are done with SAS.
Learn SAS for free
The good news? If you're not already a SAS user, you can learn SAS for free. There are options for adult learners, college students and professors...even high schoolers. In addition, colleges and universities around the world offer more than 150 degree or certificate programs with SAS. And SAS offers a slew of training options and internship opportunities. All these can lead to SAS certifications that are like catnip to employers.
If you just began your journey to learn SAS:
- Explore the SAS Starter Kit where 5 quick steps start you on the right path.
- Post your SAS software usage questions in the New SAS User Community, a place in the SAS Support Communities where we encourage newbies to ask anything.
- Visit the SAS User YouTube channel for tutorials: YouTube.com/SASusers
So, what path will you choose to the most valuable career skill?
(Editor's note: Since this post continues to receive traffic from search, we updated it to provide you with additional facts about the value of SAS skills and new resources to sharpen your SAS know-how.)