A SAS programmer is employed to use a system of software products created by SAS Institute Inc., (the acronym stands for Statistical Analysis System) and is employed to use these tools to retrieve information and manage data, work on statistical analysis and data mining, work on operations, research and project management and manage quality improvement drives " among many other tasks.
This page lists a number of recruitment firms that are specialised in filling SAS programmer positions for companies across the UK and beyond.
It is possible to be self-taught in terms of SAS programming, although a quicker route may be a specialised course. In terms of being employed in the area, those best placed to get such jobs will have a degree in computer programming or similar. Some firms may offer training on SAS software on-the-job, although some background in the software type would be highly beneficial.
Working hours tend to be 9 to 5, Monday to Friday, averaging 37-40 hours a week. Overtime may sometimes be required, depending on any tasks that are behind schedule.
Entry level salaries for SAS programming staff may range between £25,000 and £30,000. But as skill and experience increase, this figure could rise a great deal, to £60,000 and beyond.