As Kunal rightly said , if you are looking to be a BI professional , there are other tool like Qlikview and Tableau (market leaders) which are much suitable.
I have worked on SAS , and in starting if you need to be much better with BASE SAS and Advance SAS for any kind of data wrangling for any kind of Reporting or Model development. I did the same and with certain experience i have learned R and python for predictive modelling and machine learning .
You can go with BASE SAS and Advance SAS certification and later with some experience you can go for SAS Certified Statistical Business Analyst Using SAS 9: Regression and Modeling.
Just to remind you , 70% of the time in project goes with the preparation and altering the data as per the business requirement and once that final analysis data set is ready , only then you utilize it for further needs. For that 70% of time , you have to know about Base sas and advance sas concepts .
My take for your query “Career path in SAS as a fresher 0-2 yrs workex” :
- Learn Base SAS and Advance SAS and do certification if possible . Try to work as a SAS programmer first and later you could expose yourself for the predictive modelling .
Go through SAS-career-path for learning path for sas .
- Learn Statistics and R and different useful algorithms for classification , scoring,clustering ,market basket analysis,time series.
Lot of good sources are present on analyticsvidhya , check them .