Become a data miner. Looking for a raise? One of the most sought-after skills these days is expertise in SAS data-mining software, used in an array of industries from retail to pharmaceuticals to even casinos (to help figure out which high rollers should be comped rooms and perks). PayScale.com found that this skill boosted median pay by 17%.
SAS offers its own certification courses. The first two levels cost $6,750. Add predictive modeling, an elective that helps you build statistical models, for a total of $9,400. Some colleges, including NYU and UC Berkeley, also offer SAS courses.