A principal statistical programmer is responsible for using their expertise to provide technical leadership and support to various project teams within an organization.  A principal statistical programmer career involves design, development, as well as quality control for SAS code. They play an important role in accessing, extracting, transforming, reviewing, analyzing, and submitting data for multiple studies and organizational development programs.

How to become a Principal Statistical Programmer:

The primary requirement for a principal statistical programmer is to be able to design and code SAS applications. Hence they need to have theoretical and practical knowledge of SAS code, CDISC SDTM and ADaM formats. Apart from this a principal statistical programmer should have thorough knowledge of various statistical models and how they can be implemented using different programs relevant to an organization.

Principal Statistical Programmer career courses, training, programs:

The most important educational requirement for principal statistical programmer career is a PhD or masters in statistics or biostatistics. One can start with a bachelor of economics or statistics and then progress towards a master’s degree and finally complete their PhD with a thesis relevant to principal statistical programmer career.

 Principal Statistical Programmer career schools/colleges, education:

Masters in biostatistics course will impart skills that will help in making complex statistical analyses, communicating various bio-statistical results, and identifying as well as implementing the correct statistical methodology. Master in statistics program will provide insight into applied statistical methods, categorical data analysis, statistical process control, linear models theory, and reliability theory, among others.

Top 5 colleges/universities:

University of Utah

University of Pittsburgh

University of Illinois

University Of Texas at Austin

University of California – Berkeley              

Principal Statistical Programmer job opportunities, salaries/pay:

The average salary for a principal statistical programmer in the USA varies from $89,000 to $108,000 annually. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median expected salary for principal statistical programmers is $102,271 annually.