IT programmers working in the health-care industry would be wise to learn all about SAS–here’s where to start. SAS me IT programmers working in the health-care industry would be wise to learn all about SAS–here’s where to start.
Dear Molly: I am working as a pharmacy tech in the local pharmacy and am attending classes for MCSE-2000. I am interested in a career with networking in the health-care related industry. Recently I heard about SAS programming–could you tell me about a college which offers SAS programming courses?
Molly says: Pronounced “sass,” SAS is a software tool designed to help non-programmers make sense of the mountains of numerical data acquired during various kinds of research, including business, medical, and psychological research. It is now available in mainframe and PC workstation versions.
The non-programmers who use this software can often use help in creating the programs to crunch their data. Not that they couldn’t do it themselves–these are brainy folks–but they would rather stick to their core competencies and let others help with the programming. That’s where you could come in–to write and run SAS programs.
To learn more about SAS, as well as to find colleges and other places that offer SAS training courses, let me direct you to a few Web sites: the SAS Institute, the Information Services Division Web at the University of Southern California, and the “hot spots” portion of the Bay Area SAS Users Group.
To learn more about the kinds of jobs you can get after you have learned SAS, check out the jobs section of the SAS Institute Web site. Check out the jobs listings on the Bay Area SAS Users Group, as well. When I checked the job listings on the user group site, there were several health-care industry companies on the list of job openings.
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