With continued high demand for data science talent, analytics leader SAS has launched a new program for higher education students to learn analytics skills and earn valuable certifications sought by employers. SAS Skill Builder for Students is a free, global, 24/7 virtual learning portal that offers access to SAS software, e-learning, and certifications, as well as career advice and ways to connect with employers.
"It's never been easier for students to learn SAS and apply those skills in a career they love," said Lynn Letukas, senior director of global academic programs and certifications. "SAS Skill Builder for Students highlights our continued commitment to growing the next generation of analytics experts and connecting employers with the talent they need."
Natalie Ziemba is a member of that next generation. She is intrigued by the power of data in research and used her SAS expertise to land a job as a programmer and analyst at Duke Clinical Research Institute where she uses SAS to analyze FDA clinical trial outcomes.
"I was hunting for jobs that let me pursue the data side of research. The SAS knowledge I gained in school and through certifications was exactly what I needed," said Ziemba. "I get to spend all day using SAS and solving puzzles that can improve public health."
Ziemba learned SAS while earning her online Graduate Certificate in Applied Statistics and Data Management at North Carolina State University and is a SAS Certified Specialist in Base Programming Using SAS 9.4.
Last year, more than 143,000 job postings listed SAS as a desired skill, according to Emsi Burning Glass, an aggregator of labor market data. SAS Skill Builder for Students can help more students seize those jobs by providing access to:
An academic email domain is required to access SAS Skill Builder for Students.
SAS Skill Builder for Students incorporates data from a variety of industries to gain valuable and relevant experience. Students can also learn one of the most valuable skills for success in today's society and workplaces: Data literacy.
In a world awash in dis- and misinformation, it is critical to be able to consume, interpret, and understand data. SAS Skill Builder for Students includes access to Data Literacy Essentials, a course that introduces data basics and strategies for using and interrogating data, discovering meaning, making decisions, and communicating data.
The course follows the journeys of a concerned parent, a small business owner, and a public health expert, who each uses data to navigate and problem-solve through the pandemic.
The course also focuses on the ethical challenges of working with data. Data ethics refers to how we seek out, interpret, and present data responsibly, including the moral judgments we make when working with data. The course covers how biases influence the way we interact with and communicate data and provides guidance on ways we can work with data more responsibly.