How to land a job as a SAS professional


Would you like to know the secret of how I landed my job at SAS? Since I’m asked this question so frequently, I thought it might be useful to share six tips.

Know yourself

Are you a people person? Or are you an analytical person who enjoys the rush you get while working with logic and numbers? Or are you a combination person? What do you like to do? What are your skills? Take the time to understand your likes. You really need to know yourself to start positioning your resume in the right manner for a SAS job. I suggest taking a personality test. Here are a few you could try:

My tip - If you have time for only one, Myers Briggs is typically considered a reliable indicator of personality type. If you come out strongly analytic, then you are a shoe in for many SAS jobs that require analytical skills. I tossed in a couple of other tests that are more detailed analytical type tests.

Know your industry

Have you taken the time to understand industry trends before trying to find a job using SAS? Research what areas of industry are hot and what companies are hiring. Here are some websites to begin your research:

Some of the best industries to start a business (source: International Business Times)

Fortune 500 Companies (source: Fortune magazine)

My tip - Look to the health industry which is always looking to recruit SAS professionals.


Take every opportunity to meet other SAS users.  Speaking from experience, user group committees are usually short-staffed and love to get an extra hand. Whether you are skilled at organizing, presenting, compiling evaluations, or putting up content on the user group website there’s usually a skill waiting to be used at your local user group.

My tip - Join your local SAS user group. Not only will networking help the community, but it also helps you figure out where the jobs are in your research for your dream technology job.

Make the fit

Understand the organization you are seeking. As an example, my organization SAS is a socially responsible company that believes in giving back to the community. I loved volunteering before joining SAS and was able to continue after starting the job. Thanks to SAS, I was able to teach yoga (check out this video) to these junior kindergarten kids at a neighborhood school. Make an effort to understand the vision and mission of an organization and see if what you’re doing in your life lines up with what the company stands for.

My tip - Read up and ask others working in the organization you have your eye on what it’s like to work there.

Test your SAS skills

How good is your SAS knowledge and experience? You do need solid SAS skills to nail that SAS job. If you haven’t already, take a look at our top 10 course list to get a sense of what SAS users out there gravitate to the most. Take the SAS certification exam if you’re not sure. You’ll be sure once you pass the exam.

My tip: Try the SAS practice exam for a self-test.

It’s easy to understand why so many people ask me about landing a SAS job. A study by MONEY and found SAS analytics to be the most lucrative skill set. The same study noted that data analysts familiar with SAS can earn 17% more than candidates without SAS in their tool kit.

At SAS, we’re always happy to provide you guidance on what training you need to take. However, you do have to know yourself and your industry so that we can provide you the best options.

Use resources designed for newbie SAS users

  • 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:

Good luck on your search.

(Editor's note: This post, originally published in 2012, was updated to include new resources.)



About Author

Charu Shankar

Technical Training Specialist

Charu Shankar has been a Technical Training Specialist with SAS since 2007. She started as a programmer, and has taught computer languages, business and English Language skills. At SAS, Charu teaches the SAS language, SQL, SAS Enterprise guide and Business Intelligence. She interviews clients to recommend the right SAS training to help them meet their needs. She is helping build a center for special needs kids in this project.

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  1. Hi Charu,

    Hope you are doing good!!

    I was reading all your articles... Even from last 6 months i was searching a person who can guide me properly. Today i just got your profile. Charu, if you don't mind please give me one advice. i have completed MBA in 2010. But from then till i have experience in education industry as a counselor profile. But currently am working in Epoch Research Institute which is a authorized partner of SAS. Past 2 years am working there.
    But thing is that i want to come into Analytics. So my humble request to you if you can give me any suggestion it will be really helpful for me. Its a very important decision for me. Because I have to invest and again entire career i have to change. I am not behind of salary but I am looking for long term future. Would it be really helpful for me. I want your advice...

    Thank you.


  2. Hi Charu,

    Im working as a sas production support analyst in Credit risk solution applications.Looking for some onsite opportunities. what is the best way to get it?

  3. Hii ,my name is Ramakanth,am from background, I learned sas,but am confused totally which side is better to land either clinical or advance sas,I remember to u there are no jobs for Freshers,so how can i enter in to sas job,which domain is better clinical or advance sas,if I selected clinical, companies are recruiting only life sciences students ,I can't understand what can I do, please suggest me,thank you

  4. Hi ,

    I am an exp professional with 4 years in Backup and Storage Engineer. Please Suggest can I move to SAS career , if yes how shall i start

  5. Hi Charu,
    iam a B. Tech graduate, I have knowledge on a few programming languages, currently I am associated with a company in which I should deal with SAS so I started learning SAS I already had completed the basic part of SAS course and moving towards the advanced part. I am confusing about choosing the right domain. is clinical domain good, will a student have a future in it. could u suggest me.

  6. Hi Charu,

    Earlier i was working in SQL. later i got an opportunity to work on SAS and found SAS programming quite easy as compare to PLSQL coding. i would like to ask you which SAS software will be fine to practice at home, do i need to start my career in SAS as fresher or can i put SQL experience as a relevant experience in SAS. i need your advice for starting my career into SAS.

  7. vishnuvardhan on


    I wanted to know how can a mechanical engineer related to SAS. Because i am a mechanical engineer and i am interested in sas.
    I wanted to learn sas, so could please suggest me on this.

  8. HI ,I am clinical pathologist working in medical laboratory.i have cleared base SAS certification.i want to do job in SAS field from my office.can you give suggestion?thanks in advance

  9. Vaibhavi Patel on

    HI Charu,

    I am working as software developer and i would like to make my career in SAS world. I took classes to learn SAS and got Base programmer certificate for SAS 9. But since no real world experience i am having difficulty to find a SAS programmer job. All the SAS positions required 2-3 years experience. Could you please help me?

  10. Hai Charu,
    my name is swapna, a homemaker from Texas. i have done MSc Life science in 2010, i don't have any experience. im here on H4 visa, want to start my career as SAS programmer. please give me some suggestions how to learn and apply for jobs as Clinical SAS Programmer.

    Thanks in advance.

  11. Hi Charu,
    I want to start new career in SAS programming. Can you please help me with any good Training and placement services in HYDERABAD? If you know any ....

    Thanks in Advance

  12. Hi charu I am from pharma background I want to establish my career analytical field please suggest me about SAS certification and its scope thanks

  13. Myers-Briggs is a great choice but add DiSC assessment training to your list of "Know Yourself" assessments. The Everything DiSC Workplace assessment not only offers an understanding of your behavioral styles, but offers a free learning account with interactive modules, and free comparison reports to apply your understanding to an actual relationship. It will report on your priorities, style and how deeply embedded you are in a style as well as how to "flex" with other behavioral styles. I would be happy to introduce you to the validity and research reports!
    Well done on your article!
    Sharon Wingron, CPLP

  14. Thanuja Barani on

    I am a FRESHER and iv completed my B.E., in Biomedical stream in Chennai,India. I am interested in doing SAS program. Hence I would like to know the Future and scope after my course completion in SAS software. Hoping to look forward from you
    Thanks in advance

  15. Hi Charu,
    Thanks for this blog.Currently i am working on and SQL server development and Crystal report.I am interesting to do SAS so my question is that my experience of,MS-SQL developer and Crystal report is count in case of SAS developer in future ?
    What is your suggestion??
    How i teach SAS as per career view?

  16. Nikunj Kothari on


    I completed my engineering in Biomedical Branch. and completed Base sas Certification exam. currently i am working with CRO as a Clinical SAS programmer.

    i want to know either Clinical SAS is good or any other field for my bright Future in SAS?
    Can you please tell me in brief?

  17. Hi Charu,

    Thank you so much for this informative blog. I obtained my certification in May of 2015. However my skills are limited as I have not obtained viable employment. I have done a little work on the clinical side such as helping to create macros and an .xml file for submission to the FDA, but not much work as far as Base SAS is concerned such as creating reports, tables, figures and listings. I also need to dumb down my resume so that I am not receiving offers for a senior sas programmer but I don't want to just list on there that I have a certification. Any suggestion would help.


  18. Hi charu,
    I have learnt base SAS,SAS stats, SAS SQL from some pvt institute and I have 3 years exp in different domain as business analyst in BPO. I just want to get into SAS analyst as a fresher but most of the corporates seeking relevant experience. Please advice how I go about it.

  19. I have done Base SAS certification and planning for VA certification. I would like to type of job i can get since i am SAS certified. What are further scope of improving my skills.

  20. Hi charu
    I have done Bachelor in Arts and having 9 years of experience in US health care domain and now I want to shift my career to IT(SAS) from Non IT for better package and growth. Is this rightway and I don't have knowledge about software program Ming or coding

  21. Hi charu,

    I have done my graduation in mechanical engineering and MBA in operations & marketing. I have landed in a sales job with a perception of gaining an experience in sales vertical. Now I would want to shift my career to analytics and have started Base SAS certification program. I want to know how good my career would grow in analytics field . As I am not from any programming background I am worried how I can get through this

  22. Hi Charu,
    I am new to this blog. Basically I am from clinical background and want to start my career in Clinical SAS. I have completed my training in Base and Advance SAS from India. Currently I am staying in UK and looking for a job as a SAS Programmer in Clinical domain. Could you please suggest me how to land a job here as a fresher? Most of the time the Organizations require experienced professionals and this always avert me to apply for a job as a fresher. What kind of questions they usually ask during interview?
    Is the Base SAS Certification sufficient to get the job as a fresher in UK?
    Your suggestions will help me out.

    Thanks & Regards,

  23. Hey,
    i have done my M.Sc. in Chemistry and want to know how this SAS course will be beneficial for me and what are the job opportunities after this course.

  24. I am SAS base certfied i want to further scope to my carrier in this domain.

  25. Hemant Patil on

    Hi Charu, I am MSc life science candidate with one year of experience in pharmaceuticals. I would like to know about career options after SAS certification relevant to me.

  26. Hi Charu,

    Great article. I have a questions like a lot of people here have?

    I am a software professional working in a US company making aviation electronics. I also have a MBA from US and currently trying to get into analytics in another industry . I am not sure how to leverage my software/system experience in analytics. I also need some kind of professional experience to help me build upon my theoretical analytics knowledge. Can you suggest some avenues to obtain hand-son experience? Also, would SAS Base certification help me land a new job? Any help in this regard is deeply appreciated. Thank you!

  27. Ishwar Singh Chouhan on

    Hiii Charu, I just want to ask u that there are so many product in sas. So which one has to choose while perusing for SAS training. I did MSc statistics. Which one would be better for me??? Waiting for ur response. Thanks

    • Hi Ishwar, thanks for your note. since there are many roles in SAS it's best to talk with your local country manager to get advice on training trends in industry. hope that helps.

  28. Hello Ma'am

    Good to see your recommendation. I am a graduate in MBA focusing on Business Analytics. I was studying SAS Base and EM at school. But it is really hard to land a job in SAS because many companies are only looking for applicants with previous experience. Could you give some suggestion about how to find a job in entry level for SAS?

  29. I am having an experience of 10 years in Banking. I want to change my career to SAS. I learnt the basics in SAS from an institute. Is there any chance of getting a job without an experience in SAS. Can any one guide me on this for getting a Job in SAS.

  30. hello ma'am
    I am doing a SAS base programming course along with macros and sql in sas.I am post graduate in economics. can i land myself with an analytics job with this profile? do i need to take the SAS certification exam?

    • thanks for your comment Anuradha. Have you joined our free 21-day SAS challenge to help SAS job seekers like yourself prep to land that sas job.. join our linkedin group & you will find a link there to join the challenge.. Certification is a great skill to possess, it ensures that you have passed rigid international standards to get certified. however a good deal depends on the individual's efforts to land work.

  31. Hi Charu madam,

    Iam srikanth and i want to choose SAS as my career presently iam working as a SYSTEM Administrator in one reputed company.I want to choose different field other than i am working right now.Please suggest me about choosing SAS.Where can i take training for this course in india.Please suggest me.

    • Hi Srikanth. Have you joined our free 21-day SAS challenge to help SAS job seekers like yourself prep to land that sas job.. join our linkedin group & you will find a link there to join the challenge.. WIth regards to your training question, your best bet would be to contact the SAS office in your region directly. regards,

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  33. Hi,
    I have 5 years experience in insurance domain. Now to become career in business analytic or business intelligence as having good IT skills. In past year, also done course of SAS basic. Please suggest some module for the same.
    Also advise for career growth in same domain.
    Thank you.

  34. Hi Charu,

    I have 9yrs exp. in Corporate business development profile and im interested in Analytic domain...can you suggest me some modules (Foundation and Base and expert) require to get in the Analytic will be great if you can assist in sharing information on SAS institute (Monterrey , Mexico)..does this institute provide training to students...?

    Thanking you in advance


  35. Hello,

    I am pursuing my under-graduation in Economics with Statistics as my minor subject. I want to work after my under-grad. I am thinking about doing a SAS certification course. What is the average salary package that a fresher gets?
    Also, what is the scope?

  36. Hi Charu I am currently working in a CRO company as clinical data cordinator. I want to do SAS Programming . Is there any free online course to do..Also I want to work in abroad (US) as SAS programmer ..Please advice me the procedure so that I can fulfill it..

    • Maggie Miller

      Hi Tushi,
      SAS provides a lot of free resources to help people, like yourself, getting started. Check out the free video tutorials, SAS University edition (free version of SAS for learning), and the free e-courses on Programming 1 and Statistics 1. Here's the link - Getting Started with SAS

  37. Hello Ma'am,

    I am having a degree and want to make carrer in SAS, i am quite proficient in base SAS,SAS macros,SAS SQL.
    For the past three month i am trying to get into the industry but still no output. Ma'am can you please suggest me what to do which industry hire sas fresher as i am reading you blogs and i found it quite helpful.

    Nitish bhardwaj

  38. Hi there,
    Want to work at SAS in Life-Science
    Have a PhD / MBA/ Academia/ Business experience
    Cross functional and Cross-over and Liaison roles
    Dont have SAS cetification or experience in particular. BUT not a big deal to pick it up
    I am looking to connect with hiring managers in SAS Lifesciences
    Can you help me ?
    Thank you in advance. Regards,

  39. I have a Question?
    I am In India learning SAS. I want a job in US.
    How I can Achieve this?
    please support me and guide me.


  40. Hi Charu,
    I am not sure is this right or wrong as i am commenting on a 3 year old post!! (optimistic about your reply though)
    I have been part of BPM technology in my 1 year career in AIG india. I have a Computer Science Engineering degree. I want to shift my career to SAS for broader opportunity and good future. Is this the right decision? if so can you please guide me the next step to take?

    Hope you will reply,

  41. Hi,
    I am MBA marketing graduate and do not have technical background as such but I am interested in analysis and data, just out of that Passion I joined SAS (base sas + SQL + Macros + VA) so am I eligible for job in this industry?

  42. Hi Charu,
    I am planning to move to Canada,i have 3.5 years of experience in India as a clinical SAS programmer. Please let me know whether there are opportunities for clinical SAS programmers in Canada,Thank you.

  43. Very good article to grab the right track. I have recently started hearing more about SAS as I was taking more interest in IOT and Big Data. SAS seems best fit in this growing market of analytic.I will definitely explore ways to break into this market as a SAS professional. May ask for more guidance when needed.

  44. Veena Chandra on

    Hi Charu,

    Greetings !!!

    I have registered for the 21 day challenge. I was told to do some courses in the mean time. I am interested in a course called "SAS Co op Projects" which is offered by "Ontario College of Technology". They provide SAS projects in Health care, Banking and Telecommunication sectors. What is your opinion of this course and college. Here is the link: ... . I have completed Base SAS, Advanced SAS and SQL. I am looking to do something practical through projects. I am also looking for courses in business Intelligence. Kindly give me your insight.

    Thank you !!!

    Yours Sincerely,

  45. Hi,
    I am Nikhil, a life science graduate with 5 years of research experience in drug discovery group of leading pharma company. I came to know about sas two years back and some how got interested to shift my career in this field. I would like to know how can I land a job in this area. I am quite good in analytical and problem solving thinking and want to make a move in core analytics. Pls guide


  46. hi, I need a advice from you dear, im in dilemma to choose which domain ?
    I completed my biotechnology, MBA Finance in 2010 and Company Secretary (ICSI) in india, going to USA next month on H4 visa, to work there and to get job easily which domain will suits to me whether sas, ba, bi, informatica. please reply


  47. hi, I need a advice from you dear, im in dilemma to choose which domain ?
    I completed my biotechnology, MBA Finance in 2010 and Company Secretary (ICSI) in india, going to USA next month on H4 visa, to work there and to get job easily which domain will suits to me whether sas, ba, bi, informatica. please reply


  48. HI Veena, Thanks for your note. There are many factors that go into deciding what candidate gets a job. Its hard to pinpoint on your experience so far to determine where the gaps might be. But we can definitely help you fine tune yourself, your industry search and your SAS skills with the 21-day challenge. you can join the group here.

    And register here

    The challenge started on June 6th. We have closed the challenge to new registrations as we received feedback that it would be hard to participants to play catch up. But if you feel you are in a position to catch up let me know, once you register on the challenge, we can either a) send you all past challenges, we are now on day 8. or b) take your name for the next challenge in a couple of months..Good luck..

  49. Veena Chandra on

    Hello Charu,

    I have been trying to get myself a job in SAS for the last couple of months. I have applied to quiet a few openings on various sites. Unfortunately, the response has not been great though my qualifications seemed to match the job requirements very well. What could be the reason ?
    Do we have volunteering / co op opportunities as SAS programmers ? I have heard from a few places that volunteering is not available for SAS programmers as the data of a company is highly confidential and is accessible only to employees !!! Is is so ?

    I am eagerly looking forward to your response on the 21 day challenge !!!

    Kind Regards,

  50. Veena Chandra on

    Hi Charu,

    It's amazing to see your work on this blog.

    Can you please tell me about the 21 day challenge? How do I become a part of it?

    Kind Regards,

  51. Hai charu,
    iam vishnu . iam completed my diploma in pharmacy. my graduation is B.A.(H.PP). After that
    i completed my M.B.A( marketing as a major & finance as minor). i have the experience in the sales & marketing. Now iam intrested to learn SAS. Whether learning the sas will be useful for get
    the good job in SAS ?

  52. Hi charu,
    Can you please tell me which companies hire for base SAS profiles or advanced SAS is necessary to get entry level jobs? I want to join as Base SAS will i oppurtunities in any of the company.. thanks in advance.

  53. Hi Charu,
    i did (computer science) firstly then did job around two year as a software developer. after that i did pgdm in finance and marketing. recently i am working in wipro as a financial analyst.
    Do you suggest me should i go for sas course, one more thing i want to tell i like mathematics and numbers very much. now please suggest me which course should i do???

  54. Anshuman Mitra on

    Hi Charu, I have done my BBM in Marketing. I am working for the past one year as a Business Analyst with the American Retail. What are the opportunities that can come my way if I learn SAS?

  55. Vishnu Kushwah on

    Hi Charu,

    Please help me . i have 5+ experience in united state Payroll admin with offshore company in india and want career in SAS, and i B.scIT correspondence graduate . please suggest it's worth course for me or do choose other field

    Thank you!

  56. Sayed Zahid on

    hiiii charu
    i am new to this blog.I am complete MCA and having 2 years experience on SAS BI as a Trainee from Jaipur Rajasthan. I want to do SAS certification as i want to pursue my career in Analyst.Can you please help me with any good Training and placement services in USA? If you know any ....
    Zahid Ali

  57. Charu,

    I did like to join SAS programming with placement. can you please give me few advice.

  58. Hi Charu,

    I have 2+ years of experience as a java developer and I got trained in Base SAS Programming,
    SAS Enterprise Guide Querying and Reporting, SAS Data Integration Studio,Creating SAS Business Intelligence from my organization however I have not got an opportunity work on SAS project so I am planning to look for SAS projects outside my organization and I would like to know how is the market for SAS freshers and also I am interested in Analytics profile and have some data analysis experience using MS Excel. Please suggest me if i have to develop any extra skills to find job on SAS Analytics in the market.

    Thank you.

  59. In 2002, I graduated from SUNY Cortland with a bachelor's degree in Physical Education. I taught PE for two years and entered into 8 years of full time volunteer ministry work which consisted of teaching, coaching, and mostly fundraising. I was a fundraising accounts manager who regularly met fundraising goals. This was very rigorous and sacrificial work. Due to my growing family and the time comittment involved with ministry, I returned to education as a school monitor/safety staff, which involved assisting and supporting faculty, staff, and administration. This year I returned to teaching PE. I am moving to Raleigh in July and I want to work from SAS. It is time for me to begin my career with such a great company. I would like to know how my knowledge, skills. and experience can be used at SAS. I have very strong interpersonal and organizational skills and I am a good learned with very good adaptation skills. I am an analytical thinker who always looks to improve and become more effective. I am confident that my work ethic, initiative, and diligence would be embraced. What are some entry level positions that would be practical for me? Thank you for your insight and consideration in helping me with this endeavor.

  60. Hi Charu,

    This is Shiva working as Clinical SAS programmer. Since I have around 8 yrs of experience, could you please help me any kind of oppurtunity in canada.

  61. Manju Bhargavi on

    hello mam,
    am manju, i'd done my MBA(HR) and hd 13 months of exp as a HR TRAINEE, i want to get SAS TRAINING, can i go ahead or not?

  62. Hi Charu,

    This is Zil. I am a biomedical engineer and want to work in SAS clinical. I have done SAS base certification 9 . But I do not have any practical experience in SAS. Need to get training so is it possible to guide me how to get train and get job?

    Thank you,
    Zil Talati

  63. hi charu,

    Greetings of the day,I am planning to attempt SAS business analyst certification. could you please tell me how do i prepare. Also suggest me any reading material so that i can look into it.

    Thanks a lot.
    have a good day.

    • Hi Koushik, thanks for your note. certification is a great path to follow. here's a link we suggest certification as a great way to get the stamp of quality. to find work, The SAS certification page should have everything you need. including a way to reach out to helpful SAS folks who would be happy to help you further. Best wishes on your search. feel free to connect with me on linkedin as well..

  64. Jitendra Nagar on

    Hi all,
    I have an experience in java programming of two years want to go for the SAS BASE certification exam can any body help me about the possibility of getting job in sas as a freshers. and if yes then the possible package that i got after the completion of exam.

    • Hi Jitendra, thanks for your note. certification is a great path to follow. here's a link for we suggest certification as a great way to get the stamp of quality. to find work, please review my post on joining your local user group. networking is a great way to stay in touch with your peers & find possible job opportunities. Best wishes on your search. feel free to connect with me on linkedin as well..

  65. Hi Charu,
    This is Harini.I am a B.E(CSE) graduate working as an dotnet developers(1 year experienced).
    Is it possible for me take SAS training. Please guide me to take step forward reg this.


    • Jitendra Nagar on

      Hi Charu,
      This is Jitendra .I am a MCA post graduate working as an JAVA Programmer (2 year experienced).
      i want to enter in the field of sas by qualifying sas base certification is it possible for me to get the job after the sas certification and if yes then please provide me the range of package that is offered to me.


  66. Hi Charu,
    I am a market research data analyst.
    I have 1 yr experience. I want to learn SAS.
    Can you please guide me.Will it be a better option for me. From where and how will I start.
    I am in mumbai now.
    Please guide me.

  67. hai,iam btech with ece,is it possible to get the a job as clinical sas programmer.

    iam eligible or not,plz advice

  68. Dear,

    i need a small information, about sas i joined recently in a institute for sas base,
    im a biotech, MBA Finance graduate

    which path suits to me Business analytics, Business intelligence, or Clinical



  69. Good day Charu,

    My name is Joydeep and I am working with UK based company in India. I am assistant manager and I am into MIS and Management support team.

    I have good knowledge in Advance Excel, Macro and other codding related to it.

    My colleagues to me to add one more course on your skills that is SAS. So my question to you is whether this will help me in my future run and carrier.

    whether I will get job offer after doing this course and there are my levels on this course and which will be suitable for me.

  70. hi'

    i am naresh . i did m.b.a, hospital management i want to do s a s certification course for bright career i don't like to do job at hospital field as i have no proper leaves and good salary please tell how will my career if i do it .

  71. Hi Charu,

    Your blog is wonderful.I need some more information. I hope you can help me. I have a degree in Finance but I don't have any work experience. Could you please help me to understand how SAS training would help me? How easy is it to get a job after certifying in basic SAS course?

  72. hello Charu,
    This is Foram. i have studied Bsc Biochemistry and MBA Marketing also while my stay in usa for 6 years i have come accross with SAS. i have used base sas during some learning for my thesis for my M.S..I was wondering in case you can help me..! could you please help me to get entry level position in sas ? i have been trying to get in to sas at entry level positions as i have used SAS 9.0 SAS 9.1 SAS 9.3 AND SAS ENTERPRISE GUIDE. although i have some knowledge of sas for 6-7 months OF REPORT/TABLES/FIGURS GENERATING AND CREATING DATASETS but, i am planning to get training for BASE & ADVANCE sas for my career shift to complete SAS. in any case will you able to guide me? i was in usa for 6 yrs but i was not happy with the work satisfaction but when i enjoyed working with SAS and Enterprise Guide. i want to enjoy the work with SAS. Coule you please help me to take a right choice for my path. Bcoz ihave moved back to INDIA. N again i want to start my career as working n independent lady. thankyou for taking time to read this. Hopping for your favorable reply. Best Wishes

  73. Hi charu...I m an assistant working in SBI....will have to take a break to look after my new born for almost an question is 1.can I go for SAS ccertification both base n advanced.
    2.if yes which module will be fit for me...
    3.what package I can expect after doing it.
    I have done BCA and MBA in banking from SMU(distance learning course).my exp in bank is almost 3 12th was from science...
    pls suggest...a quick reply wud be highly appreciated.

  74. kartheekkada on

    Hi charu,
    I am currently working in financial domain. I would like to know whether companies may consider SAS freshers with domain exp.

  75. Pratyush Gupta on

    HI Charu,

    I am Pratyush. I am base SAS and Adv SAS certified. I am free in summer. So, i wanted to go for any course which will add to my expertise in resume. Kindly let me know if there is any online course which i can pursue like Hadoop or Python or any thing elese, which will enhance my chances of getting job in SAS.

    Please suggest me

    Pratyush Gupta

  76. Hi I am SAS base advance and BI certified but I don't have experience that is creating problem landing a job. I am currently in USA and doing my MBA in Management Information and Technology. Plz guide me on how to start to get into real world and start working with SAS

  77. Hi Chaaru,

    I'm from Pharma(finished M.Pharmacy) Background. Currently I'm in USA, am not eligible to do job as pharmacist as standards have changed in US. So I'm thinking of taking Clinical SAS as my career. But no idea how the market is for Clinical SAS. Could you please suggest me.

    Thanks in Advance...

  78. Hi,
    Thanks a lot for your information. I am working on base and advanced sas. I have work exp of 3yrs. 3yrs. I really love working in sas. Could you please help me out what would the best thing to know along with sas. I mean what are the other knowledge I should gain if I know Sas.

  79. hi charu sir,

    I am a student of MBA Finance in mumbai. how can SAS be useful for me in getting a job of business analyst profile during my campus placements ? which modules of SAS should i learn?
    please help. thanks in advance.

  80. Gaurang Karmakar on

    Hi Charu,

    I have done my MS in Mathematical Sciences from the Univ. of West Florida (2012), but I am an Indian national who will be returning to India shortly. I have Maths/Stat background. I would like to have a career as a SAS programmer. I understand I should go for the SAS Certified Base Programmer and probably the SAS Certified Advanced Programmer. What then must I do afterwards and how do I network for jobs in India and the US? Please help.

  81. Hi charu, am a postgraduate in Biotechnology and have 2 years of experience in biotech company in india. I am intrested in SAS Clincal research and start my career in clinical research in USA. Could you please help me where do i have to start?

    • Hi everyone,
      thanks for your overwhelming response to my post. Yes, SAS is a highly valued skill in the job market. However job markets vary from country to country and region to region. Your best bet as aspiring SAS professionals would be to reach out to your SAS country contact person. They will be best be able to guide you based on your specific industry & job performance roles. Best wishes on landing a SAS job.. charu

  82. Rakesh Kumar on

    Hi Charu. I have done my MBA in Marketing and IT and currently working at a leading private bank in sales profile since last one year. I always wanted to pursue a career in analytics.
    I enquire at one of the institutes for SAS and they advised me to go for Base SAS, Business Intelligence, Business Analytics modules. I request your openion on the same. Is it advisable to go for the mentioned modules?? Thanks in advance.

  83. Prasad Marathe on

    Hi Charu,
    Hope you are keeping well. I enjoyed reading your post above. It gives info about networking, SAS skills assessment etc. I am a graduate student is industrial engineering with specialization in statistics. I've had course work in design of experiments, regression analysis, statistical data mining and times series forecasting. I am currently pursuing BASE/SAS 9.3 certification.I am currently in Arizona and would soon send an e-mail to the local SAS user group for membership. I am currently looking for entry level positions in SAS in the US. I am also sending you a linkedin request to connect with you on linkedin :-) Thanks

  84. Hi Charu,

    I am a base and advanced certified SAS developer with 7+ years of experience and is looking for openings based on california. I would like to apply for job as a technical consultant in SAS institute as I have heard about the great work culture and the new learning opportunities. It will be great if you can let me know what are the prerequisites/qualifications required for a job as sas technical support professional.

    Thanks in advance,

  85. hey i am an engg student from IT dept and interested in SAS. Should i opt for it?
    how much pay can i expect after doing SAS(with no experience)?
    how easy or difficult is to find a job?

  86. Hi charu,
    This is Ramya sree. I am intersted in doing SAS course.
    I am a (EEE) graduate(2010 passed out) and have 1year 8months experience in BPO.

    I have a couple of questions.
    1. Am I eligible for doing SAS course??
    2. After completing my course, will i get a job without showing any fake experiences???
    Please reply with your valuable suggestions.

    Ramya sree.

  87. hi

    Iam chandrakala having M.Sc chemistry with 4 years experience in pharma industry, but now iam interest in SAS . is there good career . pls reply me

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  89. Hi

    Greetings.I am corporate trainer in Oracle Application development and admin.Kindly advice me how SAS can suit me to be a Certified SAS trainer and how good is the market for the SAS trainers


  90. Hi Charu,

    I am a Clinical SAS programmer currently working in India with around 4+ years of experience and also Base SAS certified.I want to migrate to Europe/Australia/UK/US. Can you please suggest me which is the best place to migrate. Keeping in mind the visa constrains.

    Any kind of comments will be really helpful.

    Kind Regards

  91. Hello charu,

    I am Btech in ECE and right now i am doing job in HCL as data analyst..I want to know if SAS will give me career growth.

  92. Hi charu,
    I am Ram ,A science graduate in biology and chemistry.Currently i'm working in a Pharmasutical industry,as a Quality assurance guy.I want change my career into SAS.
    Am i suitable person to learn this certification course.? because i'm new to statestics.
    Please help me out from my confusion ..


  93. Hi Charu,

    I am looking to be come certified in SAS Certified Base Programming. I have an MA in economics with some experience using R during some of my courses. I've been doing political research since graduating in 2011, and I am now looking to make a career change into analytics. I want to add SAS to my skill set to market to potential employers, but have some questions. I understand SAS is a very in demand skill. Would it be beneficial to get certified even though I may not have any recent statistical experience? What advice would you have for someone looking to break into this field?

  94. Hi,

    I have recently done certifications in base and advanced SAS 9.3 programming. I am looking for job but without experience in SAS programming i am finding it hard to get any job. I am located in Michigan, US. Can somebody help me?

    Thank you

  95. HI everyone, thanks so much for your overwhelming response to this post. Sounds like it touched a chord for many of you. Yes, SAS is a great tool to learn and very marketable as those of you who have done searches are well aware of. Please bear with me, while we explore options to provide each of you the best answers to your individual questions. best regards, Charu

  96. Hi Charu,
    I am Nitin a Post graduate in Industrial mathematics with Computer science , I am good in Statistics concepts. since last one and half years I am working as a Test Automation Engineer ( Rational Functional Tester java) , But as Statistics is a area of my interest so I am planning switch my career in SAS .
    Need your help in choosing one of the best career out of following.
    ( which one of the following is equivalent to SAP functional Consultant. )
    BI applications DEVELOPER

  97. Hi Charu,

    I worked as life science research scientist mostly in cancer field in USA. I am now interested in SAS clinical training and placement. I have knowledge on basic concepts and simple programming in SAS.9.3. Can you guide me in selecting good training and placement institute in USA?

    Thank you

  98. Hi Charu
    I am commerce graduate working in the field of sales operations supporting sales leaders globally with various analysis as part of my job. I am a sales management advisor but in the actual sense do not advice anything to the sales leaders.Only provide them with various views/dashboard/analysis since they are so busy.I only know excel and have user knowledge for cognos, hyperion ,TM1 and some other tools. I already have ten years of experience in other fields.(banking operations).How useful will it be for me to learn SAS and how will I practice it even after learning since my daily work in office is totally different. Can I apply SAS knowledge to my domain for various purposes like forecasting and business intelligence?My reason to learn SAS is my analytical bent of mind rather than managing people and also better remuneration.Need your advice.

  99. Charu,
    I live in Cary NC and have a heard great things about SAS as a company and have met a few people who work at the Cary facility. I have been a teacher and for the past 13 years, I have worked for Pearson Education (a large global textbook and educational software) in varying roles as a consultant, trainer, and project and people manager. I have an MBA with a focus in project management and a Masters in Educational Leadership. I have recently started learning about SAS in the educational industry in the hopes of eventually landing employment, should there be a position that fits my skill set. Do you have any advice, or any contacts within SAS as it relates to their involvement in the education industry? Thanks for any guidance.

    • Hi Jason,
      Since no one has replied to your post, I decided to go ahead and do the honors.
      I live in Cary, NC and yes, it is a great place to live. SAS is a wonderful company to work with,well, that's what I've heard too. I switched careers recently- from Education to Analytics. Got Base and Advanced SAS certified. And now looking for suitable jobs in the Triangle. Suggest you to join:
      Research Triangle SAS users group at
      South East SAS users group at
      and other groups which you might like to discover on your own.
      Hope this helps.


      • Shubangi Baji on

        I want start my carrer as a SAS progrmmer, Education stream is MSC statistics and I have a experience of 2 years in Health care domain which institute is best for to take the course in hyderabad

  100. Hi Charu,
    I have been working on Data Warehousing projects for past 2 years and my expertise lies in ETL tools. Have worked with clients in different domains.

    I am willing to move to Business Analyst/Data Analyst job (as I want to work more with data that technicalities of tool), but I see it is difficult to even apply for most of the Analytic jobs with my current profile and experience, as most of of the Job Description have SAS as the prerequisite.

    Can you please let me know if it will be possible for me to learn SAS in a short span so that at least I can get a job in Analytics and actually start working on the tool (Also) will I have any advantages in learning SAS with my current experience of data warehouses.

    Thanks in advance for your help. (Sorry for the long writeup :) )

  101. hie charu,
    thanks for ur valuable inputs on SAS ..although m lil confused as to how much will it be relevent to me..i am a banking professional with 3.5 years of experience in banking industry ..have fair amount of knowledge of banking processes and job comprises of both sales and operations..wanna stick around banking but switch to a different profile...pls guide me if SAS will be a viable option as my research says that a number of banks use this technology ...and which module will be right pick for me to switch to different profile...i am a graduate in commerce and MBA in Mktg and Finance and followed up this with a diploma in retail bnkg mgt...kindly suggest.

    Thanks & Regards,

  102. Dear Charu,

    Nicely written and structured blog on the topic. I am sure many would benefit from the inputs. I had been following the same approach and after reading your blog I am sure of its results.

    Best regards,

  103. hi
    i am new to this blog.I am MBA in marketing and having 3 years of marketing experience from UK in retail market.I want to do SAS certification as i want to pursue my career in business development and analyst.I want to know it is beneficial in Indian market and hows the job prospects in this case

  104. AnudeepSrivastav on

    Hi Charu,

    Thanks for providing such a precise information, I just want to ask you my perception of getting into SAS Domain jobs and question is :

    I am currently working in India for a Product Development company which uses Big Data and Analytics technologies leverage them into Solutions for Retail Customers across Globe, My role is Reporting in this product and have good Business Knowledge of Analytics in retail Industyr Domain.
    Currently I am thinking of getting SAS , VB training from one of the famous training institutes in India and then Apply for Jobs of SAS as Data Analyst profile, Will this work out like this way (or)Should I do in a different way .
    Please Suggest me I am in a great confusion.


  105. Hi Charu,
    I want to start new career in SAS programming. Can you please help me with any good Training and placement services in USA? If you know any ....

    Thanks in Advance

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  107. Hi Charu,
    I want to break into a career in SAS. I am a bit confused about what to choose in SAS course content. To get into SAS will Base SAS certification be enough. I have done Btech(CSE), please let me know is their any prerequisites before learning SAS. Can I get in touch with you to ask few more questions about SAS?


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  110. I clicked on the link, " SAS is the #1 skill". The article I got says people with SAS skills make $52,500. I don't know this figure was derived. I am assuming the article meant people with only Base SAS skills with no other IT skills.

    I can tell you people with SAS skills along with relational database or "Big Data" expertise make over $100,000.

    • Charu Shankar
      Charu Shankar on

      I knew SAS was a much wanted skill, but didn't realize the stakes were so high. thanks for sharing industry salary statistics Divyesh. SAS is clearly a #1 skill for anyone wishing to tap into the analytics market. Watch for my followup post..

    • SAS has about 200 products. It is difficult to generalise people's salaries based on the SAS product / products they are trained on. Salaries are usually a function of experience, training and negotiations. For someone that does not have any industry experience the 50K range sounds right.

  111. Charu thank you very much for such a useful article. I'm a biological science graduate with some statistics training and am trying to break into SAS for career. Can I get in touch with you to ask a few more questions?

    • Charu Shankar
      Charu Shankar on

      Certainly Geet, feel free to send along your questions. I'm taking all the questions to write a followup post to this one.

      • Thanks for your reply! I have used SAS during my graduate studies, have fair knowledge of statistics and am working toward Base SAS certification. I do not know any other programming language but have started to learn SQL. I wanted to ask whether Base SAS can help one enter into this field or one needs to know other programming skills too? Most companies ask for 2-5 year of SAS experience, I wonder how do people start. Btw I'm already in touch with local SAS user group and going to meet them soon. Thanks for your valuable suggestions :)

      • Hi Charu,

        Its realy good to know that you are helping people with your skill set. We need more individuals like you in this selfish proffesional world, only few people can help train others. however, I would want to reach out to you. It would be great if I can have a contact of yours, mail or number whatever suits you.I would be glad to get your guidance in the area of SAS.

      • Hi Charu,

        I have just joined for SAS Basic and advance program training. Is it sufficient enough to get a job in SAS Domain? I am currently working as Project Manager for Software products and Website development and Stats reporting.

      • Hi mam iam Srinivas .I had 6 yrs of exp in different field .Now iam shifting my career into sas .what will u suggest.

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