If you're looking for higher pay and better opportunities, what career skills should you seek to acquire? You might think leadership or communication skills would top the list, but a recent study says otherwise.
According to a massive study from MONEY and Payscale.com, SAS Analytics skills are the most valuable skills to have in today's job market.
The study “analyzed 54 million employee profiles, across 350 industries, with 15,000 job titles—from entry-level workers to top execs."
The result is a list of top 21 skills considered to be the most valuable by employers, with SAS skills topping the list. 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.”
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.
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. All these can lead to SAS certifications that are like catnip to employers.
So, what path will you choose to the most valuable career skill?