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I need some career advice. First of off I'm a PhD graduate in physics. Yes for some stupid reason I chose particle physics. I was told by both my undergraduate and graduate program that to major in what I love since its easy for physicist to get a job doing about anything. I found out this to be a lie as I have applied to more than 600 positions over the last 6 months. I have spent more time applying to jobs than I did on my thesis officially. I have applied to data analyst positions, data scientist positions, researcher positions, government positions, engineering positions and many more to no avail. I have decent C++ skills, excellent Python (NumPy, SciPy, and Pandas) and SQL Skills. I come from a poor family from rural kentucky so I had borrowed 15000 in student loans before I graduated to allow myself time to find a position. Those funds are depleting quickly. I have attended 3 career fairs and contacted the career center at both my undergraduate and graduate institutions to look over my resume and help. Both career centers stated my resume looked excellent and so did my sample cover letter I sent. One individual at the career center told me it was just take time. Most recruiters find it odd that I haven't been hired yet and are skeptical. So I am wondering to the employed physics majors (Bachelor, Master, or PhD) how did you get your job and what do you exactly do ?