Hello, I graduated with a B.S.M.E and minor in Applied math in 2014. I have a few months of experience with an engineering consultant firm, but quit because of a series of bad experiences and extreme negativity from the boss/owner. Ever since, I've submitted 200+ job applications but have had no luck, even with an EIT certification and 3.95 GPA. I have been working retail for the last 4 years because it seems like there is either not enough Mech E jobs, there are too many applicants, or I need to go back to school for a master's and work on new skills. I enjoyed learning what I did in engineering school, but I think I enjoyed it more for the mathematics and physics I was learning and applying, rather than the engineering process. I chose engineering because I wanted to apply math and physics to solve interesting problems, not anything else in particular. My expectations fell a bit short when I was in my engineering job, but it could have been just an isolated instance of bad luck. Long story short, I want to apply for a master's program and I am strongly considering Applied Mathematics, Physics, or M.S.M.E., in that order of preference. I prefer applied math because the courses I took were the most enjoyable; linear algebra being one of my favorite courses. My fear is graduating and finding out that the job market is just as tough if not worse in Applied math. My goal is to work in something where I can solve interesting problems, or maybe teach if industry doesn't work out for me. I have Physics on my list because I have a lot of curiosities that I'd like to learn about, but it seems like Physics is not as big of a field in industry. Lastly, I have M.S.M.E. here because it might be the most practical path. I ended up choosing my B.S.M.E. because everyone agreed it was the most practical path, but I feel it comes short in terms of the depth of math and physics that I will learn. Is it too drastic and impractical to try the applied mathematics master's program? and in your experience, how is the field in terms of job security? I appreciate your time and I hope this wasn't too lengthy or convoluted.