|Date: ||Wed, 16 Feb 2000 17:58:01 -0500|
|Sender: ||"SAS(r) Discussion" <SAS-L@LISTSERV.UGA.EDU>|
|From: ||Jules Bosch <bsi@NAC.NET>|
|Organization: ||Bosch Systems Inc.|
|Subject: ||Re: So you want to become a SAS Programmer?|
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Chuck et al,
I wrote a paper some years back entitled, "So... You want to be a SAS
Consultant." Let me know if you want to add it to your web site and
I'll forward same as a Word97 document. Or, if you suggest another
format I'll attempt to recreate it in the suggested format.
> Any further ideas would be appreciated.
> So you want to become a SAS Programmer?
> Due to a number of inquiries asking how does one become a SAS
> professional, I have created this document suggesting a number of tasks
> one can do to help answer some common questions on this issue:
> For those of you who are interested in becoming SAS professionals in the
> pharmaceutical industry, there is a six month course given by Covance at
> Philadelphia University. More information is available on the web page I
> have created for this: www.sasconsig.com/covance.htm
> If you are new to the SAS world, I suggest you determine if there is a
> need for SAS professionals within commuting distance of your desired
> choice of residence. That is, make sure you can earn a living in the
> area you wish to reside in doing SAS work. Check the local classified
> ads to see who and where SAS skilled are needed for the past 6 months or
> so. You see, there is always a certain amount of turnover with any
> employer (for good and bad reasons). And, by going back six months, you
> should be able to see who uses SAS in your area. Then create a list of
> employers who seek SAS skilled employees/contractors.
> Is it possible that some of these potential employers may hire a SAS
> Check with the career centers with local colleges and/or universities
> for possible employers seeking SAS talent.
> Check a number of web sites for jobs requiring SAS skills - see my web
> site (www.sasconsig.com) for a list of such sites.
> For those of you who are motived and "quick learners", you can order the
> SAS software for a Windows PC on a trial basis (60 days or so) by
> calling your local SAS representative or SAS Institute at 919-677-8000
> (ask for software sales). You will need an above average PC to make SAS
> work satistfactorily - ask for the minimum requirements when ordering
> the software. And since you are requesting a trial version, you might as
> well ask for as many of the SAS products as you think you can learn in
> 60 days. The minimum products requested should include Base, AF/SCL,
> FSP, Graph, and Stat. And if you need more time to learn the products,
> you can always re-set your computer clock (hint) for more time!
> Join and attend several of the local/regional SAS User Groups in your
> area. A list of these can be found on my web site (www.sasconsig.com) or
> at SAS Institute's web site (www.sas.com). By attending these meetings,
> you can talk face-to-face with potential employers, network with SAS
> professionals, "snag" a possible SAS mentor, locate possible employment
> opportunities, learn some SAS as well, etc.
> If you have the money and time, you can attend SAS training courses on
> your own. Contact SAS Institute for training schedules in your area. Be
> prepared to spend some money for training (about $500 or more for a 3
> day training class). You can also contact other companies who provide
> SAS training - see my website (www.sasconsig.com) for possibilities.
> You might even approach potential employers as a low-cost
> contractor/employee willing to charge minimial rates/salary in order to
> learn SAS on the job. However, this will probably be very unlikely.
> You could also see if your local college/university provides SAS
> training as part of their computer science, statistics, mathematics,
> biology, or social science degree programs. Then register for only those
> classes which provide this SAS opportunity.
> There are also some good SAS sites that provide some tutorials on SAS
> which should provide some decent information on the basics of SAS. I
> suggest you visit my site (www.sasconsig.com) for a list of such sites -
> "SAS Related Web Sites" or "Other SAS Related Web Sites" in the Table of
> Contents. The colleges and universities have some good ones.
> And if you have more ideas, please pass them along to me, and I will
> incorporate them into this list and make them available on my web site
> for future reference for others who ask this question again.
> Thanks for your help and assistance.
> Charles Patridge - PDPC, Ltd.
> 172 Monce Road - Burlington, CT 06013
> 860-673-9278 or 860-675-9026
> Charles_S_Patridge@prodigy.net www.sasconsig.com
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> Before you buy.