Are you looking to broaden your data analytics skills to land your dream job or propel your career? After looking at job posting statistics and the country's labor market, the data shows that now is the time to jump on board.

As the demand for data skills is growing, the demand for SAS skills is also increasing. Let’s look at some of the supporting points. Here are four reasons why now is the perfect time to build your skills in data analytics using SAS.

The growing demand for data skills in general

There is no doubt that the demand for data skills is growing and outpacing the supply. Lightcast, a company that studies millions of job postings around the country, found that 1.2 million jobs nationwide requested skills in data analysis and data visualization in the past year – a 43% increase compared to the year before. The growth isn’t slowing down soon – industries are on the edge of complete transformation by big data. A career in data analytics can also open avenues to data scientist jobs or more senior data analytics jobs.

Whether you are just starting your data analyst career or looking to upgrade your skills through training, learning new skills is nothing to lose. Whether through eLearning, instructor-led training or certification, you will surely experience the benefits of training and even open the door to new opportunities in your career.

SAS skills are in high demand

The demand for data analytics skills corresponds to an equally increased demand for SAS skills. Last year, more than 140,000 job postings nationwide listed SAS as a desired skill, an increase of 16.8% (Lightcast) over the previous year. But what about in the future? Is it worth it to invest in training? In 2020, Lightcast found that job postings seeking SAS skills are projected to grow 4.4% over the next ten years. This proves that the demand for SAS data skills isn’t going anywhere.

The ROI of training

By learning data skills using SAS, you will see the benefits this brings to your career. According to Lightcast, the median annual salary for a computer programmer is more than $10,000 higher, with SAS skills listed in a job profile. This shows the value employers place on SAS skills.

SAS offers training in every data analytics skill you can think of

According to Coursera, data analyst skills like SQL, machine learning, and statistical programming are all in-demand in 2022. SAS offers training in these skills and more – there is something for every interest.  SAS was the #1 hard skill requested in statistical programmer jobs in 2021. If you don’t know where to start, here are some getting started resources:

Let the data tell the story for you

Looking at the statistics mentioned above, these numbers tell us that data skills are the future. Organizations are turning to data analytics to drive their digital transformation and modernization goals and are finding it hard to find the talent they need. As these inspirational user stories highlight, you’ll find that there’s more than one path to the analytics job you want. Take advantage of the resources listed above and get started today!

The career path for a data analyst depends on the industry you’re working in. Someone looking to become a data analyst can typically enter the field and qualify for entry-level data analyst jobs straight out of school or a certificate course — possibly with a bachelor’s degree in statistics, mathematics, or computer science. Some people also transition into data analysis from a related field like business, economics, or even the social sciences, typically by upgrading their skills mid-career through a data analytics course.

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Alexis Mallis

Associate Marketing Specialist, SAS Education Product Marketing

Alexis is an Associate Marketing Specialist on the Education Product Marketing team at SAS. She graduated from NC State University with a B.S. in Business Administration concentrating in Marketing. She is excited to learn more and grow at SAS.

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