The demand for data skills has been growing at a rapid rate and will continue to progress for years to come. According to the World Economic Forum (WEF), Data and AI will experience the highest annual growth rate for job opportunities, at 41%. It’s no surprise that the need for these skills is greater than the ability to fulfill the requirements, hence the term “skills gap” that continues to be a hot topic throughout the job market.
How did we get here? Believe it or not, an article from the WEF estimates that by 2025, 463 exabytes of data will be created each day globally. From the amount of data that people are creating each day, there’s no question that organizations need talented individuals to digest this data, discover patterns and make informed decisions. With the amount of demand in this space, it’s important to not only validate your capabilities, but differentiate yourself. Achieving a certification will set you apart and give you the power to succeed. The following are 10 reasons to get a SAS certification.
SAS skills are in high demand
In fact, a recent analysis performed by jobsite Indeed.com shows that SAS Programming skills within job postings are up 31% in 2020’s first quarter alone! Considering the overall downward trend in national hiring from January to March 2020, the growth in SAS programming skills is proving valuable.
Get granular or stay general
The SAS certification program spans a wide range of topic areas. From Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning to Base Programming, you’ll be able to find the certification that is just right for you. Check out more details on the SAS Global Certification program. You can get started with specialist-level credentials and work your way towards a professional-level status. Or if you want the coveted title of SAS Certified Data Scientist, join the SAS Academy of Data Science.
Improve your employment opportunities
No certification can guarantee that you will get a job, however it could open the door to new job opportunities. Showing a potential employer that you have put in the time, effort, and dedication to earn a SAS credential can give you an advantage in the hiring process. Nearly 50% of certification holders deemed certifications helped them find a new job, enter a new career field and increased their number of job interviews, according to Pearson Vue’s “Value of IT Certification” report.
Do you want to climb the career ladder?
Earning a SAS credential helps demonstrate that you are serious about enhancing and improving your skill set and are willing to invest in your personal growth. A win-win for you and your employer. Certification holders state the top three benefits of getting certified are salary or wage increase, increased responsibilities and a job promotion (Pearson Vue, Value of IT Certification).
Demonstrate your true SAS skills and understanding
The Base and Advanced Programming exams are now performance-based, meaning you write and execute actual SAS code while you are in the exam. It’s as real-world as it gets and a great way to demonstrate what you really know!
Digital bragging rights
Upon passing your certification, you receive recognition with an online digital badge that provides secure, electronic verification of your achievement. Use this badge on your LinkedIn profile, boast to family and friends across Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or wherever you want your digital footprint to take you!
Inconvenienced by the hassle of getting to a Pearson VUE location?
We get it – it’s hard to carve out the time and get there to take a test. Access to SAS exams is easier than ever with the availability of OnVUE remote proctoring, which allows you to take any SAS exam from your home or office if you meet the technical requirements. Each OnVUE session is monitored in real-time over your internet connection and web cam.
Receive ongoing support and be a part of a community
Join like-minded individuals who strive for the same success as you. There are SAS Certification Communities, LinkedIn User Groups, plus local and regional user groups that you can also join. The comradery around being a SAS user is an extra perk that we all join forces on!
Get started with free certification prep materials
There’s no need to feel like you’re on your own throughout the certification journey. There’s plenty of free training resources, including defined training paths, webinars, tutorials and sample questions that will make preparing for a certification exam more accessible and less stressful. There are free practice exams for some of the most popular exams, so you can test your knowledge before you book your exam spot, too.
Allow employers to easily discover you
SAS certified individuals can be listed in the Directory of SAS Certified Professionals which can be accessed by employers to validate your credentials.
65% of certified individuals reported realizing the first benefit of getting certified within 3-4 months.
Deciding to embark on the road to certification isn’t always the quickest and easiest decision to make, but it pays off in the end. Personal accomplishments, career growth, new opportunities – adding a SAS certification to your belt offers many benefits.