SAS emerges as key research data analysis tool
K Lakshmi, Managing Director, Digvijaya Management Consultants informs Express Pharma about the benefits of SAS technology in the pharmaceutical and health related industries
What is SAS used for and where is it used?
SAS is primarily used as a data management, statistical analysis and reporting tool in various industries. SAS in pharmaceutical and health related industries is used both as a data management tool and as the preferred tool for statistical analysis of research data, which includes but is not limited to, data from new drug clinical trials, clinical and health surveys, health insurance industries, and patient data from health care providers. SAS combined with its extensive statistical functions and powerful reporting capabilities has emerged as a key aid in analysis of research data.
In most other industries, the analysis capabilities of SAS software are used as a decision making aid in marketing, sales and planning. In recent years, the use of SAS has picked up in the areas of business intelligence, data mining and data warehousing.
Who can benefit from training in SAS and what kind of career opportunities does it offer?
Based on educational qualifications, the following categories of students can benefit from training in SAS—
1. Engineers/computer science graduates—A person with programming background can function as a data manager/developer/programmer in SAS in any industry. These people typically have a sound knowledge of another database technology or a programming language. Opportunities for these people are available in most industries.
2. Statistics/mathematics graduates—A person with background in a quantitative field can learn SAS and know how to utilise the software for performing simple to complex statistical analysis on relevant data. Opportunities for such people are available in most industries mentioned above.
3. Business/finance graduates—A person with background in management or finance can learn to use SAS software for decision making purposes. Opportunities for such candidates are available more in finance industries.
4. Doctors/veterinarians/ pharmacy/life sciences graduates—Graduates belonging to a wide range of disciplines can learn the basics of SAS. These graduates as subject matter experts can increase their opp-ortunities of getting hired for research positions with SAS programming as added skill.
Could you tell us about the different modules and scope for students?
The different modules in SAS are SAS/BASE, SAS/STAT, SAS/MACROS, SAS/SQL, SAS /ACCESS, SAS/CONNECT, SAS/FSP and SAS/ODS
The salaries are good and range from Rs 1.5 lakh-Rs 3.5 lakh. Career growth is also good. People with pharmacy and life science background doing SAS should also know the ICH-GCP guidelines.