Updated Nov. 18, 2020
The demand for data skills has been growing at a rapid rate and will continue to progress for years to come. According to the World Economic Forum (WEF), Data and AI will experience the highest annual growth rate for job opportunities, at 41%. It’s no surprise that the need for these skills is greater than the ability to fulfill the requirements, hence the term “skills gap” that continues to be a hot topic throughout the job market.
How did we get here? Believe it or not, an article from the WEF estimates that by 2025, 463 exabytes of data will be created each day globally. From the amount of data that people are creating each day, there’s no question that organizations need talented individuals to digest this data, discover patterns and make informed decisions. With the amount of demand in this space, it’s important to not only validate your capabilities, but differentiate yourself. Achieving a certification will set you apart and give you the power to succeed. The following are 10 reasons to get a SAS certification.
SAS skills are in high demand
The proof is in the data. An analysis performed by jobsite Indeed.com in the first quarter of 2020 demonstrated that SAS Programming skills within job postings increased 31%. The overall growth in SAS programming skills during a downward trend in national hiring is reassurance that the need for SAS skills isn’t going anywhere.
Another tech recruitment site, Dice.com, used Burning Glass to analyze jobs that demand SAS skills, so if your unsure what career path your hard-earned skills can take you make sure to check it out. They’re predicting a 4.4% growth in SAS skills over the next 10 years.
Get granular or stay general
The SAS certification program spans a wide range of topic areas. From Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning to Base Programming, you’ll be able to find the certification that is just right for you. Check out more details on the SAS Global Certification program. You can get started with specialist-level credentials and work your way towards a professional-level status. Or if you want the coveted title of SAS Certified Data Scientist, join the SAS Academy of Data Science.
Improve your employment opportunities
No certification can guarantee that you will get a job, however it could open the door to new job opportunities. Showing a potential employer that you have put in the time, effort, and dedication to earn a SAS credential can give you an advantage in the hiring process. Nearly 50% of certification holders deemed certifications helped them find a new job, enter a new career field and increased their number of job interviews, according to Pearson Vue’s “Value of IT Certification” report.
Do you want to climb the career ladder?
Earning a SAS credential helps demonstrate that you are serious about enhancing and improving your skill set and are willing to invest in your personal growth. A win-win for you and your employer. In a recent survey of Coursera learners who completed SAS training, 84% of certification holders reported that achieving a SAS credential helped them advance their career, excel in their position and do their job more effectively.
Demonstrate your true SAS skills and understanding
The Base and Advanced Programming exams are now performance-based, meaning you write and execute actual SAS code while you are in the exam. It’s as real-world as it gets and a great way to demonstrate what you really know!
Digital bragging rights
Upon passing your certification, you receive recognition with an online digital badge that provides secure, electronic verification of your achievement. Use this badge on your LinkedIn profile, boast to family and friends across Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or wherever you want your digital footprint to take you!
Inconvenienced by the hassle of getting to a Pearson VUE location?
We get it – it’s hard to carve out the time and get there to take a test. Access to SAS exams is easier than ever with the availability of OnVUE remote proctoring, which allows you to take any SAS exam from your home or office if you meet the technical requirements. Each OnVUE session is monitored in real-time over your internet connection and web cam.
Receive ongoing support and be a part of a community
Join like-minded individuals who strive for the same success as you. There are SAS Certification Communities, LinkedIn User Groups, plus local and regional user groups that you can also join. The comradery around being a SAS user is an extra perk that we all join forces on!
Get started with free certification prep materials
There’s no need to feel like you’re on your own throughout the certification journey. There’s plenty of free training resources, including defined training paths, webinars, tutorials and sample questions that will make preparing for a certification exam more accessible and less stressful. There are free practice exams for some of the most popular exams, so you can test your knowledge before you book your exam spot, too.
Allow employers to easily discover you
SAS certified individuals can be listed in the Directory of SAS Certified Professionals which can be accessed by employers to validate your credentials.
65% of certified individuals reported realizing the first benefit of getting certified within 3-4 months.
Deciding to embark on the road to certification isn’t always the quickest and easiest decision to make, but it pays off in the end. Personal accomplishments, career growth, new opportunities – adding a SAS certification to your belt offers many benefits.
If it comes down to budget, we offer additional ways to make it more cost efficient. Check out the certification training packages which groups together training and resources to make the experience more affordable. And don’t forget students and faculty can take certification exams for only $75 USD. Simply register for an academic discount voucher in the appropriate learning portal: SAS Skill Builder for Students or SAS Educator Portal. These portals require an academic email address to join.
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