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Activity Number: 502 - Learning Beyond the Introductory Statistics Classroom
Type: Contributed
Date/Time: Thursday, August 6, 2020 : 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM
Sponsor: Section for Statistical Programmers and Analysts
Abstract #312940
Title: “Training Wheels” Vs “Racing Wheels” for the Pharmaceutical Industry
Author(s): Yuting Tian* and Todd Case
Companies: Vertex Pharmaceutical and Vertex Pharmaceutical
Keywords: pharmaceutical industry ; statistical programmer; SAS rigorous program; work with team ; analysis

Within the pharmaceutical industry there is a constant need for qualified and skilled and professionals at all levels. On one hand, there is never enough highly skilled senior Statistical Programmers; on the other hand, the industry is constantly changing so tasks that used to require senior programmers can more and more often be performed by junior programmers, leaving the senior staff with more time to devote to the most complex problems.

This paper was written by an entry level programmer and a Director of Statistical Programming to demonstrate how to join the experience that Senior Level Programmers have with the talent, new ways of thinking and technical skills that Junior Programmers can bring to the table.

This paper has two goals. The first goal is to lay out a common perspective from three aspects that statistical programmers and experienced statistical programmer managers face. The second goal is to collect some problems and examine how do we try to solve these problems for statistical programmers across over different levels, from junior to manager.

Authors who are presenting talks have a * after their name.

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