Hello, PFers! I have 35.5 credits remaining to complete my physics BS. Of those, only 14.5 actually need be physics courses. However, I know that the BS doesn't do much right now and have been planning to go to grad school following completion of my undergrad work. I was looking to remain at my current institution to complete the PhD program in Nanoscience/Nanotech (they don't have a Physics PhD), and perhaps attain the MS in Physics on the way. My goal has been to work in the private sector/industry, maybe at a company doing R&D or something along those lines. I'm having some second thoughts, though. Recently I started to consider other options for several reasons. 1) The economy and the resulting job-market (as discussed in posts like https://www.physicsforums.com/showthread.php?t=712078 and https://www.physicsforums.com/showthread.php?t=711733) 2) The time it will take to get to my goal (the necessity of post-doc work, grad research, etc.) 3) As much as some hate to hear it (including me), the pay and work-hours (I am married and we have 2 young boys) This might make me seem undeserving of the exulted PhD in Physics, alone, but at least I am being honest with myself and realized it fairly early. It's just that I grew up with not a lot, and I would like to be able to provide more for my family. Not just material items, of course. Trips and experiences, and not to mention the time that I could spend with them. It's just that we only have one life and it seems so important to me now to work hard to provide memories and experiences for my kids, my wife, and myself. We're probably going to homeschool our kids and I don't want to be this mostly missing figure in the house. I want to be involved and enjoy my family. All that being said, we come to my question. Should I switch to engineering? I know the studying and schooling can be time consuming, but is it really more than what can be expected for physics? I recently considered getting an MBA after my BS in physics because I'm somewhat extroverted and enjoy finance and business in general. I'm currently in a financial management class and am not taking any physics courses; it's terrible. I'm fairly talented (I guess) at and thoroughly enjoy maths and physics, so it seems an engineering MS might be a great idea. Less time than PhD, better job prospects, more fitting hours/work environment, and I still feel like I would satisfy my strong desire to do something math/physics related as a job. What do you guys think? Thanks for any comments/advice!