12-26-2017 07:23 PM - edited 12-26-2017 07:27 PM
If I were to obtain the Base SAS certificaiton, how much would that enhance my chances at getting interviews/jobs? What else should/must I do to get a job as a SAS programmer? Many of the jobs I see on Indeed . com job board require much more than the Base SAS cert. Many jobs are in the pharmaceutical area it looks like, but I do not mind working in a different area.
Base SAS I do know is just the fundamentals and there is a lot more involved on the job.
I also have a B.S. in Accounting from Rutgers University (I know, very unrelated ) and I am located in NJ in USA.
12-26-2017 09:08 PM
The response by @Reeza and @ballardw on this thread https://communities.sas.com/t5/SAS-Certification/Certs-Unrelated-Bachelor-s-Degree/m-p/325115#M153 are amazing. I learned something from those responses. IMHO, perhaps with "just base SAS" you could try batch file processing/production support. But why would a well accomplished accountant end up doing prod support jobs after all and the chances are they will be moved offshore anyway.
12-26-2017 10:51 PM
Certification gets you in the door but that's it. It probably won't even help you pass an exam from the company, definitely not if it's my exam
Experience and practice will help more, regardless if you pass the certification exam.
I would personally, learn VBA, SAS and how SAS is used for accounting and financial reports. For example, can you take a data set and make a professional looking report out of it? If so that helps because you can automate reporting and checks which are likely. You're also likely to be dealing with time series data so understanding the basics of forecasting. VBA is because so many people in the financial world are still using Excel and you can try and fight it...but it's a battle I've long given up on.
I would probably consider using your University network, reaching out to some alumni in those fields and ask them what skills you should be building.
12-27-2017 12:08 PM
01-17-2018 10:56 AM
I have a BS degree and basic computer programming knowledge.
I am preparing for Base SAS certification.
I am looking for a career in Clinical SAS can you please suggest me what additional skills I should have to start career in Pharmaceutical industry?