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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

  • $84,000

    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
Consultant Information Technology Manager
Senior Information Technology Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Consultant Information Technology Consultant Information Technology Manager
Information Technology Operations Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Consultant Senior Software Engineer
Senior Developer Analyst
6 Yearsyrs
Senior Programmer Senior Programmer Analyst Senior Systems Analyst
Systems Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Administrator Analyst Business Analyst
Senior Data Analyst-
6 Yearsyrs
Administrator Analyst Systems Analyst
Information Systems Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Senior Programmer Senior Programmer Analyst Information Technology Manager
Information Systems Director
8 Yearsyrs
Senior Programmer Senior Consultant Senior Manager
Director Of Analytics
12 Yearsyrs
Administrator Analyst Senior Analyst
Analytical Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Business Analyst Information Technology Consultant Senior Programmer Analyst
Application Manager
9 Yearsyrs
BI Developer
Senior Cognos Developer
6 Yearsyrs
BI Developer Senior Software Engineer Director Of Software Development
Vice President Of Software Engineering
13 Yearsyrs
Business Analyst Senior Data Analyst-
Data Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Senior Analyst Senior Data Analyst-
Lead Data Analyst
6 Yearsyrs
Senior Analyst Project Leader Manager Applications Development
Vice President Of Application Development
11 Yearsyrs
Contract Programmer Systems Analyst Programmer Contract System Analyst
Contract Programmer Analyst
9 Yearsyrs
BI Developer Senior Software Engineer Senior Technical Consultant
Vice President, Technology
11 Yearsyrs
Senior Consultant Development Manager Software Development Manager
Information Technology Development Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Applications Developer Information Technology Consultant Information Technology Operations Manager
Manager Information Technology Applications
11 Yearsyrs
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Average Yearly Salary
$84,000
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$54,000
Min 10%
$84,000
Median 50%
$84,000
Median 50%
$84,000
Median 50%
$84,000
Median 50%
$84,000
Median 50%
$84,000
Median 50%
$84,000
Median 50%
$130,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
Select Portfolio Servicing
Highest Paying City
South San Francisco, CA
Highest Paying State
North Dakota
Avg Experience Level
3.6 years
How much does a SAS Programmer make at top companies?
The national average salary for a SAS Programmer in the United States is $84,761 per year or $41 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $55,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $130,000.

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 NJ May 25, 2015 $145,600
SAS Programmer Inventiv Health Clinical SRE Phoenixville, PA Jun 02, 2015 $145,600
SAS Programmer Inventiv Health Clinical SRE, LLC Somerset, NJ May 22, 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
Lead SAS Programmer Analyst Ram Software Solutions Inc. Parsippany-Troy Hills, NJ Oct 20, 2016 $130,000
Senior SAS Progammer Medidata Solutions, Inc. New York, NY Dec 19, 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 26, 2016 $84,531
SAS Programmer PVR Technologies Inc. Durham, NC May 27, 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 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/Analyst Idol Solutions Inc. Cranbury, NJ Jun 22, 2016 $69,000
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

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Top Skills for A SAS Programmer

  1. Proc SQL
  2. SAS
  3. SAS Procedures
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Experience in PROC SQL joins and PROC SQL set operators to combine tables horizontally and vertically.
  • Used SAS/MACRO facility to decrease the redundancy of extensively used SAS scripts and to increase the flexibility of the code.
  • Developed loss prediction model using Enterprise miner modeling solutions and SAS procedures.
  • Performed data analysis, statistical analysis, generated reports, graphs and listings using SAS/BASE, SAS/MACROS, SAS/GRAPH and SAS/SQL.
  • Performed data analysis, data migration, data preparation, graphical presentation, statistical analysis, reporting, validation and documentation.

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  7. District of Columbia
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SAS Programmer Demographics

Gender

Male

53.2%

Female

31.3%

Unknown

15.5%
Ethnicity

White

41.7%

Asian

35.9%

Black or African American

9.2%

Hispanic or Latino

8.6%

Unknown

4.5%
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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

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

7.2%

North Carolina State University

6.8%

George Washington University

6.4%

Johns Hopkins University

6.4%

University of California - Los Angeles

6.0%

University of Texas at Arlington

5.6%

Texas A&M University

5.6%

New York University

5.2%

Wayne State University

5.2%

Purdue University

5.2%

University of Texas at Dallas

4.4%

New Jersey Institute of Technology

4.4%

Northeastern University

4.4%

University of Maryland - College Park

4.0%

DePaul University

4.0%

Columbia University

4.0%

Oklahoma State University

4.0%

University of North Texas

3.6%

Georgia State University

3.6%

University of Phoenix

3.6%
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Majors

Statistics

19.1%

Computer Science

16.0%

Biostatistics

7.0%

Business

6.6%

Pharmacy

6.3%

Mathematics

5.1%

Computer Applications

4.7%

Finance

3.9%

Engineering

3.4%

Economics

3.2%

Computer Information Systems

3.2%

Information Technology

2.9%

Electrical Engineering

2.8%

Biotechnology

2.8%

Management Science

2.4%

Ecology, Population Biology, And Epidemiology

2.3%

Chemistry

2.1%

Computer Engineering

2.1%

Information Systems

2.1%

Biology

1.9%
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Degrees

Masters

52.8%

Bachelors

32.1%

Doctorate

6.0%

Other

5.2%

Certificate

1.8%

Associate

1.3%

Diploma

0.9%
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