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Working As A SAS Programmer

  • Interacting With Computers
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Getting Information
  • Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Mostly Sitting

  • Repetitive

  • $70,093

    Average Salary

What Does A SAS Programmer Do

Computer programmers write and test code that allows computer applications and software programs to function properly. They turn the program designs created by software developers and engineers into instructions that a computer can follow. In addition, programmers test newly created applications and programs to ensure that they produce the expected results. If they do not work correctly, computer programmers check the code for mistakes and fix them.

Duties

Computer programmers typically do the following:

  • Write programs in a variety of computer languages, such as C++ and Java
  • Update and expand existing programs
  • Test programs for errors and fix the faulty lines of computer code responsible
  • Create and test code in an integrated development environment (IDE)
  • Use code libraries, which are collections of independent lines of code, to simplify the writing

Programmers work closely with software developers, and in some businesses their duties overlap. When such overlap occurs, programmers can do work that is typical of developers, such as designing the program. Program design entails planning the software initially, creating models and flowcharts detailing how the code is to be written, writing and debugging code, and designing an application or systems interface. Programmers often use an IDE, which allows them to create, edit, and test code.

A program’s purpose determines the complexity of its computer code. For example, a weather application for a mobile device will require less programming than a social-networking application. Simpler programs can be written in less time. Complex programs, such as computer operating systems, can take a year or more to complete.

Software-as-a-service (SaaS), which consists of applications provided through the Internet, is a growing field. Although programmers typically need to rewrite their programs to work on different system platforms, such as Windows or OS X, applications created with SaaS work on all platforms. Accordingly, programmers writing SaaS applications may not have to rewrite as much code as other programmers do and can instead spend more time writing new programs.

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How To Become A SAS Programmer

Most computer programmers have a bachelor’s degree in computer science or a related subject; however, some employers hire workers with an associate’s degree. Most programmers specialize in a few programming languages.

Education

Most computer programmers have a bachelor’s degree; however, some employers hire workers who have an associate’s degree. Most programmers get a degree in computer science or a related subject. Programmers who work in specific fields, such as healthcare or accounting, may take classes in that field to supplement their degree in computer programming. In addition, employers value experience, which many students gain through internships.

Most programmers learn a few computer languages while in school. However, a computer science degree gives students the skills needed to learn new computer languages easily. During their classes, students receive hands-on experience writing code, testing programs, fixing errors, and doing many other tasks that they will perform on the job.

To keep up with changing technology, computer programmers may take continuing education and professional development seminars to learn new programming languages or about upgrades to programming languages they already know.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

Programmers can become certified in specific programming languages or for vendor-specific programming products. Some companies require their computer programmers to be certified in the products they use.

Other Experience

Many students gain experience in computer programming by completing an internship at a software company while in college.

Advancement

Programmers who have general business experience may become computer systems analysts. With experience, some programmers may become software developers. They may also be promoted to managerial positions. For more information, see the profiles on computer systems analysts, software developers, and computer and information systems managers.

Important Qualities

Analytical skills. Computer programmers must understand complex instructions in order to create computer code.

Concentration. Programmers must be able to work at a computer, writing lines of code for long periods.

Detail oriented. Computer programmers must closely examine the code they write because a small mistake can affect the entire computer program.

Troubleshooting skills. An important part of a programmer’s job is to check the code for errors and fix any they find.

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SAS Programmer Career Paths

SAS Programmer
Senior Developer Analyst Project Leader Senior Business Analyst
Analytical Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Senior Software Engineer Business Analyst Senior Programmer Analyst
Application Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Senior Software Engineer Senior Consultant Business Systems Senior Analyst
Business Systems Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Senior Programmer Senior Software Engineer
Chief Technology Officer
11 Yearsyrs
Senior Consultant Information Technology Manager
Data Center Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Business Analyst Information Technology Consultant Data Analyst
Data Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Senior Data Analyst- Senior Business Analyst Information Technology Project Manager
Delivery Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Senior Data Analyst- Project Manager Senior Manager
Director Of Analytics
13 Yearsyrs
Senior Programmer Senior Programmer Analyst Senior Software Engineer
Director Of Software Development
12 Yearsyrs
Senior Programmer Analyst Technical Consultant Network Administrator
Information Systems Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Senior Analyst Project Leader Data Analyst
Lead Data Analyst
6 Yearsyrs
Senior Consultant Information Technology Project Manager Estimator Project Manager
Owner/Project Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Analytics Consultant Obiee Developer BI Developer
Senior Cognos Developer
5 Yearsyrs
Clinical Statistical Programmer Senior Programmer Senior Software Engineer
Senior Developer Analyst
7 Yearsyrs
BI Developer BI Consultant Senior Consultant
Senior Information Technology Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Senior Programmer Analyst Information Technology Specialist Systems Engineer
Systems Manager
7 Yearsyrs
BI Developer Senior ETL Developer Lead Technician
Technical Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Business Analyst Information Technology Project Manager Information Technology Director
Vice President Of Information Technology
12 Yearsyrs
Senior Analyst Senior Finance Analyst Assistant Vice President
Vice President, Technology
11 Yearsyrs
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SAS Programmer Demographics

Gender

Male

54.2%

Female

33.9%

Unknown

11.8%
Ethnicity

Asian

39.9%

White

37.8%

Hispanic or Latino

8.7%

Black or African American

8.5%

Unknown

5.0%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Mandarin

25.0%

Chinese

20.0%

French

12.5%

Hindi

10.0%

Gujarati

5.0%

German

5.0%

Spanish

5.0%

Portuguese

2.5%

Hebrew

2.5%

Japanese

2.5%

Urdu

2.5%

Arabic

2.5%

Cantonese

2.5%

Italian

2.5%
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SAS Programmer Education

Schools

Johns Hopkins University

8.0%

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

7.5%

North Carolina State University

6.9%

Wayne State University

6.3%

New York University

5.7%

University of Texas at Arlington

5.7%

University of California - Los Angeles

5.7%

Purdue University

5.2%

George Washington University

4.6%

Pennsylvania State University

4.6%

University of Phoenix

4.6%

SAE Institute

4.6%

University of North Texas

4.0%

University of Kentucky

4.0%

Columbia University

4.0%

University of Georgia

4.0%

Northeastern University

4.0%

California State University - East Bay

3.4%

University of Maryland - College Park

3.4%

University of Texas at Dallas

3.4%
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Majors

Statistics

20.3%

Computer Science

17.3%

Business

7.4%

Pharmacy

6.1%

Biostatistics

6.0%

Mathematics

4.9%

Computer Applications

4.0%

Economics

3.6%

Finance

3.3%

Computer Information Systems

3.1%

Biotechnology

3.1%

Engineering

2.8%

Electrical Engineering

2.6%

Information Systems

2.6%

Management Science

2.5%

Ecology, Population Biology, And Epidemiology

2.3%

Information Technology

2.2%

Public Health

2.1%

Computer Engineering

1.9%

Biology

1.8%
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Degrees

Masters

51.3%

Bachelors

31.7%

Doctorate

6.9%

Other

6.3%

Associate

1.5%

Certificate

1.4%

Diploma

1.0%
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Real SAS Programmer Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
SAS Programmer Inventiv Health Clinical SRE, LLC Palo Alto, CA Sep 22, 2015 $170,560
SAS Programmer Inventiv Health Clinical SRE Bedminster, NJ Jul 09, 2015 $166,960
SAS Programmer Inventiv Health Clinical SRE Bedminster, NJ Oct 07, 2015 $166,960
SAS Programmer Inventiv Health Clinical SRE, LLC Somerset, NJ May 22, 2015 $145,600
SAS Programmer Inventiv Health Clinical SRE Phoenixville, PA Jun 02, 2015 $145,600
SAS Programmer Inventiv Health Clinical SRE NJ May 25, 2015 $145,600
SAS Analyst Bis Consulting, Inc. San Jose, CA Dec 27, 2016 $138,923
SAS Developer MUFG Union Bank, N.A. San Francisco, CA Oct 15, 2015 $138,521
Senior SAS Programmer The Lacek Group LLC Minneapolis, MN Aug 17, 2016 $135,000
SAS Programmer Inventiv Health Clinical SRE, LLC Somerset, NJ Aug 04, 2015 $133,682
Senior SAS Progammer Medidata Solutions, Inc. New York, NY Dec 19, 2016 $130,000
Lead SAS Programmer Analyst Ram Software Solutions Inc. Parsippany-Troy Hills, NJ Oct 20, 2016 $130,000
SAS Programmer Inventiv Health Clinical, LLC Pennington, NJ Apr 25, 2016 $129,022
Lead SAS Programmer Analyst Intone Networks Inc. Iselin, NJ Jun 07, 2016 $128,000
SR. SAS Programmer Datatek Inc. Fairfax, VA May 07, 2016 $84,656
Clinical SAS Programmer/Analyst PVR Technologies Inc. Durham, NC Jan 12, 2015 $84,531
SAS Programmer PVR Technologies Inc. Durham, NC May 27, 2016 $84,531
SAS Programmer PVR Technologies Inc. Durham, NC May 26, 2016 $84,531
SAS Programmer/Analyst Statminds, LLC Fort Washington, PA Jul 20, 2016 $84,178
SAS Programmer Statminds, LLC Durham, NC Aug 07, 2016 $84,157
Clinical SAS Programmer HCL Global Systems Inc. Somerset, NJ Apr 28, 2016 $84,023
SAS Programmer It Division, Inc. Baltimore, MD Jan 29, 2016 $69,763
Senior Clinical SAS Programmer KRL Solutions Inc. Las Vegas, NV Mar 08, 2016 $69,597
SAS Programmer Techdata Service Company, LLC. King of Prussia, PA Apr 01, 2015 $69,500
SAS Analyst Intone Networks Inc. Morrisville, NC Apr 15, 2015 $69,000
SAS Programmer Datatek Inc. Waltham, MA Sep 21, 2015 $69,000
SAS Programmer Statistics & Data Corporation DBA SDC Clinical Tempe, AZ Jan 08, 2016 $69,000
SAS Programmer Global Pharmatek, LLC Cary, NC Sep 23, 2015 $69,000

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Top Skills for A SAS Programmer

  1. Proc Freq
  2. SAS
  3. Sas/Sql
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  • Developed SAS code to automate transfer of results from PROC FREQ procedure output to Excel spreadsheets utilizing SAS MACRO and DDE.
  • Performed statistical analysis and data management on study data by utilizing appropriate statistical methods using SAS and SAS tools.
  • Developed SAS Scoring Engine programs by extensively using SAS/BASE, SAS MACRO and SAS/SQL for Scoring policy insurance and Risk involved.
  • Assisted in data validation of production moves of credit models; Performed quantitative analysis and data analysis.
  • Used UNIX shell scripts and Microsoft Task Scheduler to schedule jobs to run on a weekly and monthly basis.

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