Date: Tue, 7 May 2002 15:27:11 -0700
Reply-To: "A. Jones" <a_jones005@YAHOO.COM>
Sender: "SAS(r) Discussion" <SAS-L@LISTSERV.UGA.EDU>
From: "A. Jones" <a_jones005@YAHOO.COM>
Subject: Entry-level SAS programmer's skills?
I've found the recent discussions of interviewing candidates quite interesting - especially since I'll hopefully find myself on the interviewee side of the desk sometime in the next couple of years - and I have a follow-up question:
What do you look for in an entry-level SAS programmer?
Although I've been a SAS user for nearly 5 years, it's been mostly in academic settings and SAS has been an important, but not integral, part of my job (I have a master's degree in a social science discipline, but no formal computer science/programming education). For a number of reasons, I've decided to try to make the jump from university research staff to SAS programmer and I'm curious as to what types of skills you expect an entry level applicant to bring to the table, so to speak. (BTW, my current skills include creating and maintaining permanent SAS datasets with user-defined formats, variable labels, etc.; recoding and calculating new variables using do-loops and arrays; and simple reporting (tables, graphs, means, simple statistical tests)).
If you can give me an idea of what level of SAS knowledge you expect entry-level applicants to have, I'd appreciate it.
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