With nearly 75,600 employees, SAP SE is the leading provider of enterprise application software. As of 2015, 296,000 customers around the world rely on SAP software to help their businesses function more efficiently and effectively. The company has offices in 130 countries, including dozens throughout the United States.
For the most part, SAP jobs involve consultant work for companies running SAP's enterprise resource planning (ERP) software solutions. Some SAP positions are with the company itself, but because so many businesses use SAP software, SAP jobs are available in a variety of industries. Typically, SAP consultants work in information technology (IT) departments.
SAP Job Education Requirements
The education requirements for SAP positions are similar to those for IT analyst jobs and IT consultant jobs. Generally, SAP consultants have an undergraduate degree in business, computer science, computer engineering, or a related field. Higher-level SAP positions may require an M.B.A. degree or master's degree in a relevant field as well.
Following their academic training, SAP consultants typically obtain SAP training and certification from an authorized SAP training partner. Employers often pay their employees tuition for these trainings, which are usually very expensive. For lead positions, most companies also require extensive SAP experience, such as experience with full-cycle SAP implementation projects.
SAP Job Market
Over the past few decades, the use of technology in American companies has exploded, which has resulted in more technology spending and more dedicated technology professionals. SAP professionals will benefit from this trend. Additionally, SAP has nearly 300,000 customers around the world, which will help keep demand for SAP consultants strong.
SAP Job Salary Information
Official salary information for SAP consultants is difficult to come by because wages can vary extensively by company, industry, and SAP module. Here are the median salaries for similar careers according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics:
Management analysts in technical consulting: $82,100
Computer system analysts: $82,710
Computer software engineers, systems software: $93,470