Analytics skills demand propels record SAS® Certification growth

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University students, global workers clamor for industry-standard credentials; SAS offers a range of learning options

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With analytics and data science careers exploding, it’s no wonder SAS® Certified applicants have a leg up in a highly competitive job market. In fact, a massive study of 54 million employee profiles on PayScale.com recently pegged knowledge of SAS as the No. 1 career skill translating into salary bumps. To seize the opportunity, workers worldwide are pursuing SAS certifications in record numbers.

Launched in 1999 to validate SAS skills and knowledge, the SAS Global Certification program has seen certifications double in just three and a half years. SAS issued the 100,000th credential in July.    

SAS has long been the standard for industries like banking and pharma; today, demand for SAS skills spans all industries. Aran Canes holds three SAS certifications, and has transferred his skills from the US government to state government to the health care industry. At a state Medicaid office, Canes used SAS Analytics to increase the quality of care for Medicaid recipients. He now works as a senior analytic consultant for a major health insurer, using SAS to improve the overall health and well-being of pharmacy customers.

“Earning SAS Certification has helped me immensely in my career,” said Canes. “I’ve presented at conferences and lectured at universities on a variety of analytics topics. Most importantly, I have a job which satisfies my intellectual curiosity and pays the bills for my family.”

Five consecutive years of double-digit growth in SAS Certifications have been largely fueled by international workers and university students. More than half of the credentials have been awarded in 107 countries outside the US. Approximately one-third of SAS exam takers were college students.

With SAS in place at more than 80,000 business, government and university sites around the world, opportunities abound for students entering the workforce with a SAS Certification.

“The next generation of SAS experts is hitting the job market at the perfect time,” said Sean O’Brien, Vice President of Education and Training at SAS. “A SAS Certification assures employers of superior analytics talent. They know they’re hiring someone who can turn large amounts of complex data into insights to transform the organization.”

Take a SAS Certification exam for just $100

SAS offers credentials in high-demand areas such as advanced analytics, data management and business intelligence. To celebrate the 100,000th credential awarded, SAS is offering exams for just $100 between Aug. 1 and Sept. 18, subject to official rules and guidelines.

Get on the road to SAS certification

The SAS Global Certification program offers a wide variety of SAS training options to help people reach career goals. But there are many ways people can learn SAS, including some no-cost options. SAS University Edition provides free access to SAS software quickly and easily for anyone willing to learn quantitative analysis. In addition, free e-learning resources and online tutorials are available to help users get started or to get help with specific tasks in SAS.

No-cost, cloud-based SAS OnDemand for Academics enables professors to include the latest versions of SAS technologies in their curriculum, helping students hone the skills in high demand by employers. In addition, SAS partners with traditional and nontraditional graduate and undergraduate programs around the world to create degree and certificate programs that generate the analytical talent organizations need to make the most of big data.

New data science credentials

The SAS Global Certification program continues to expand with a suite of new Data Science credentials introduced this year. The SAS Academy for Data Science imparts skills in big data management, advanced analytics, machine learning and data visualization, along with the essential communication skills today’s data scientists need.

This immersive program consists of two levels and three industry-recognized credentials. Each level combines classroom instruction, a hands-on case study or team project, access to the related SAS software and a coach to help guide learners. Upon successfully passing certification exams, students can become a SAS Certified Big Data Professional, SAS Certified Advanced Analytics Professional or SAS Certified Data Scientist.

About SAS

SAS is the leader in analytics. Through innovative analytics, business intelligence and data management software and services, SAS helps customers at more than 80,000 sites make better decisions faster. Since 1976, SAS has been giving customers around the world THE POWER TO KNOW®.

SAS and all other SAS Institute Inc. product or service names are registered trademarks or trademarks of SAS Institute Inc. in the USA and other countries. ® indicates USA registration. Other brand and product names are trademarks of their respective companies. Copyright © 2016 SAS Institute Inc. All rights reserved.

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