When I switched to physics, it was mostly because I love science, and my major in journalism was going to numb my mind to an early grave, but also because frankly I needed to find a job that would make paying for an education a worthwhile investment. I am about to graduate from Shippensburg (one of a dozen or so schools that make up the state-school system in Pennsylvania) with a GPA a hair under a 3.5 and a degree in physics, with a math minor and some computer classes. I posted here looking for advice for grad school a while back but... well, after studying for hundreds of hours for the GRE, getting a dismal (<10 percentile) score, and getting rejected or having my application messed up(profs not submitting letters on time despite reminders) for most of my grad school applications, I'm a little disenchanted. So now I'm just hoping to find some decent job (being, a job that an adult with a college degree could at least pretend to feel somewhat proud of). Here's the problem: I don't want to teach. I don't have an engineering certification, or programming certifications, and I really don't want to be an actuary. What jobs am I even looking for? Everyone talks about engineering jobs but they all seem to require certifications in dozens of things I don't have (all sorts of troubleshooting certifications, error analysis certifications, etc.), never mind the fact that many of them -gasp- require to be a certified engineer (or EIT). Despite years of applying I've never managed to snag an internship, either. I'm finding the same thing with programming, and to be honest, I question my ability to do either. Even when it comes to physics, I feel I've learned nothing (granted, the GRE may have completely broken my will. I didn't realize it until last week but my grades, performance, and everything, academic and non academic, have dropped like a stone since that incident), and forgotten 80% of what little I did know, even though I haven't graduated yet. So... What does a mediocre physics student do? I certainly don't want to work at my "internship" (data entry at the Geological Survey) for the rest of my life.