An SAS programmer typically programs develops, maintains, and validates data structure and software. This can involve statistical analyses, reports, data sets, tables, figures, and listings. They design and write standard macros that can be maintained, supported, documented, and user friendly. They may also assist with training other programmers or statisticians to ensure the development of specific skill sets within the company.
In some companies, SAS programmers are allowed to work from home. However, most often, they work in a business office environment during regular business hours. Special projects and time considerations may make it necessary for them to work overtime. They typically work in close collaboration with project managers as well as other programmers and analysts.
SAS programmers are typically required to hold a bachelor’s or master’s degree in statistics, mathematics, computer science, or a related field. They also are required to have experience in the field, typically a minimum of three years. They are expected to have highly defined professional leadership skills, as well as outstanding communication skills. Successful SAS programmers are proficient with development, documentation, and testing of analysis data and programming code. They have programming experience in a variety of software and technologies, and have the knowledge of the standards required in the company's field. Especially since they may work as part of a team, strong interpersonal skills are necessary.
SAS Programmer Tasks
- Design, implement, test, and debug database stored procedures and complex queries to extract, calculate or manipulate information.
- Write stored procedures and code to implement extract, transform, and load methodologies.
- Design, implement, and test the structure and schemas of the data warehouse.