What is a SAP Basis Consultant?
SAP stands for Systems, Applications, and Products in Data Processing. SAP provides Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) software that allows users to run their business operations, including accounting, sales, production, human resources and finance, in a merged environment. SAP Basis, a version now known as SAP NetWeaver, is the system administration platform for SAP software, enabling all systems to run efficiently. SAP Basis consultants, also known as NetWeaver consultants, provide technical support and leadership for SAP systems.
|Educational Requirements||Bachelor's degree or equivalent work experience|
|Job Skills||SAP Basis/NetWeaver and all SAP systems, leadership, written and verbal communication skills, troubleshooting|
|Median Salary (July 2019)*||$83,003 (SAP consultant)|
|Job Outlook (2016-2026)**||9% (for all computer systems analysts)|
Source: *Payscale.com; **U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
Required Education, Training and Certification
A bachelor's degree in computer science, engineering, or a related field is typically required for this position. Some employers, however, may consider candidates with extensive work experience as computer software professionals instead of a degree. SAP offers many resources for professionals directly on the website. There are countless training courses, blog articles and certification programs available at SAP. The website helps you narrow down these offering by your current or desired position. Basis consultants will mainly focus on SAP Certified Technology Associate - System Administration certification programs but there are many others that can support this role. Certification isn't typically required by employers but can be very beneficial to SAP professionals who are seeking career advancement. It's important for consultants to continue education throughout their career in order to stay up-to-date with evolving technology.
SAP Basis consultants need to be proficient in SAP Basis and all SAP systems. They will lead the use of Basis/NetWeaver and subsequent upgrades to offer technical support, so leadership and communication skills are a must. Basis consultants also need to have analytical skills to provide troubleshooting for sometimes complex software issues.
Career Outlook and Salary
According to the company website in 2019, SAP is one of the largest ERP companies in the world, spanning many different industries, including retail, banking, universities, and hospitals. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that employment of computer systems analysts is projected to grow 9% from 2016 to 2026, which is about the average compared to all occupations. Payscale.com reports that the median salary for SAP Basis consultants in July 2019 was $83,003.
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