I am an undergraduate math student (junior) who is looking to get a masters degree in Applied Math. I like pure math, but I want to use my education to get a great-paying job. Here are a few questions that I have been dying to ask someone with experience:
From my understanding Applied Mathematics is highly dependent on computer programming and statistics, is that right? If so, I have zero background in programming. What should I do to kick start my programming abilities? Books, programs, hobbies, etc.
Is the job market good for applied mathematicians? Also, are the salaries good?
Do applied mathematicians work crazy hours? I've heard they do.
What potential careers do applied mathematicians have? And what is the most common? Are there any cool one's you've heard of?
What general advice do you have for and undergraduate mathematician seeking a degree and a career in applied mathematics?