The SAS language is a computer programming language used for statistical analysis, created by Anthony James Barr at North Carolina State University. It can read in data from common spreadsheets and databases and output the results of statistical analyses in tables, graphs, and as RTF, HTML and PDF documents. The SAS language runs under compilers that can be used on Microsoft Windows, Linux, and various other UNIX and mainframe computers.
The SAS System and World Programming System are SAS language compilers.. It was initially developed for statistical analysis. However, with time the software suite has evolved a lot and now it does a lot more than just, statistical analysis.
Having said that SAS stands for Statistical Analysis System. It is developed by SAS Institute. It is the most used tool in the commercial analytics market.
SAS can process complex data and generate meaningful insights that would help organizations take better decisions or predict possible outcomes in the near future.
SAS lets you Mine, Alter, Manage and Retrieve data from different sources and analyse it. With its strong statistical capabilities SAS can help you analyse data in various ways to meet different needs, following are a few applications:
• Multivariate Analysis
• Business Intelligence
• Predictive Analysis
• Creating Safe Drugs
• Clinical research and forecasting
SAS has awarded more than 100,000 certifications since the program’s introduction in 1999, according to Brightcove. The SAS Global Certification Program currently offers 13 credentials across five categories:
• Foundation Tools
• Advanced Analytics
• Business Intelligence and Analytics
• Data Management
SAS also offers six additional technical certifications targeted at SAS Partners.
SAS certifications, along with the required exams and costs, are described in more detail in the following sections. Although experience levels aren’t specifically indicated for each certification, a good rule of thumb is a minimum of eight months of experience on the base SAS system for Base Programmers and two to three years of relevant, hands-on experience for all other certifications before candidates attempt their respective exams. All exams are administered by Pearson VUE or a SAS-sponsored certification exam session (typically in conjunction with training courses).
SAS careers are plentiful and vary depending on your goals and career aspirations. Some SAS careers naturally gravitate toward one or more certification categories some examples of common job roles by certification category include:
Foundation Tools: Analysts, programmers and data managers
Advanced Analytics: Technical analysts, statisticians and data scientists
and Analytics: Content developers and analysts
Data Management: Analysts, programmers and data managers
Administration: Platform administrators
Regardless of your area(s) of interest, you’ll find a plethora of SAS careers available.