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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

  • $70,000

    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 Programmer Analyst Database Administrator Data Analyst
Data Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Senior Consultant Lead Consultant Lead Developer
ETL Lead
6 Yearsyrs
Senior Programmer Senior Software Engineer
Lead Developer
6 Yearsyrs
Developer Analyst Senior Software Engineer
Lead Technician
6 Yearsyrs
Business Analyst Project Manager Senior Project Manager
Project Director
8 Yearsyrs
Senior Programmer Senior Programmer Analyst Senior Software Engineer
Project Leader
5 Yearsyrs
Programmer Consultant Senior Programmer Senior Programmer Analyst
Senior Applications Analyst
8 Yearsyrs
BI Developer BI Consultant
Senior Cognos Developer
5 Yearsyrs
Senior Analyst Project Leader Business Analyst
Senior Data Analyst-
6 Yearsyrs
BI Developer Developer Analyst
Senior Developer Analyst
7 Yearsyrs
Clinical Statistical Programmer Senior Programmer Software Engineer
Senior Engineer
8 Yearsyrs
Statistician Business Analyst Senior Quality Assurance Analyst
Senior Quality Assurance
9 Yearsyrs
Senior Analyst Operations Manager Business Analyst
Senior Quality Assurance Analyst
6 Yearsyrs
Senior Programmer Analyst Senior Systems Analyst Senior Software Engineer
Senior Quality Assurance Engineer
7 Yearsyrs
Statistician Analyst Quality Assurance Analyst
Senior Quality Assurance Tester
6 Yearsyrs
Developer Analyst Business Analyst Senior Systems Analyst
Senior Software Engineer
6 Yearsyrs
Programmer Consultant Senior Programmer Analyst
Senior Technical Analyst
7 Yearsyrs
Senior Data Analyst- Senior Business Analyst Senior Consultant
Senior Technologist
6 Yearsyrs
Business Analyst Senior Systems Analyst Senior Software Engineer
Senior/Lead Developer
7 Yearsyrs
Senior Consultant Senior Technologist Systems Engineer
Systems Manager
7 Yearsyrs
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SAS Programmer Demographics

Gender

Male

53.8%

Female

33.7%

Unknown

12.5%
Ethnicity

White

49.2%

Asian

39.8%

Hispanic or Latino

5.8%

Unknown

3.7%

Black or African American

1.5%
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Languages Spoken

Chinese

27.5%

Mandarin

27.5%

French

10.0%

Hindi

7.5%

Spanish

5.0%

Portuguese

2.5%

Gujarati

2.5%

German

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

7.7%

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

7.7%

George Washington University

6.6%

North Carolina State University

6.6%

Wayne State University

6.1%

New York University

5.5%

University of Texas at Arlington

5.5%

University of California - Los Angeles

5.5%

University of Kentucky

5.0%

Purdue University

5.0%

Pennsylvania State University

4.4%

University of Phoenix

4.4%

SAE Institute

4.4%

University of North Texas

3.9%

University of Maryland - College Park

3.9%

University of Georgia

3.9%

Northeastern University

3.9%

University of Cincinnati

3.3%

Temple University

3.3%

Georgia State University

3.3%
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Majors

Statistics

21.4%

Computer Science

16.6%

Business

7.3%

Biostatistics

6.5%

Pharmacy

6.2%

Mathematics

4.8%

Economics

4.0%

Computer Applications

3.9%

Finance

3.3%

Computer Information Systems

3.2%

Biotechnology

3.1%

Engineering

2.8%

Electrical Engineering

2.7%

Information Systems

2.4%

Management Science

2.1%

Information Technology

2.1%

Ecology, Population Biology, And Epidemiology

2.0%

Biology

1.9%

Public Health

1.8%

Computer Engineering

1.8%
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Degrees

Masters

51.6%

Bachelors

30.9%

Doctorate

7.3%

Other

6.5%

Certificate

1.5%

Associate

1.3%

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 NJ May 25, 2015 $145,600
SAS Programmer Inventiv Health Clinical SRE Phoenixville, PA Jun 02, 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
SAS Programmer PVR Technologies Inc. Durham, NC May 27, 2016 $84,531
SAS Programmer PVR Technologies Inc. Durham, NC May 26, 2016 $84,531
Clinical SAS Programmer/Analyst PVR Technologies Inc. Durham, NC Jan 12, 2015 $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
Clinical SAS Programmer HCL Global Systems Inc. Somerset, NJ Apr 27, 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 Programmer Statistics & Data Corporation DBA SDC Clinical Tempe, AZ Jan 08, 2016 $69,000
SAS Programmer Datatek Inc. Waltham, MA Sep 21, 2015 $69,000
SAS Programmer/Analyst Idol Solutions Inc. Cranbury, NJ Jun 22, 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

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Top SAS Programmer Skills

  1. SAS Procedures
  2. SAS Macros
  3. Sas/Sql
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Used different SAS procedures during different trial phases including statistical analysis methods.
  • Developed SAS MACROS for data cleaning and reporting and to support routine processes.
  • Submitted SAS/SQL Queries in UNIX shell to validate data.
  • Involved in writing code using BASE SAS and SAS/Macros to extract clean and validate data from Oracle tables.
  • Created macros, macro variables and UNIX shell scripts when necessary.

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