Hello, So before I start, I realize that this question has been asked in the past, but all of the threads were over several years old so I'm not sure if the information is still current. I've been thinking about this decision for a while: I'm currently in my second year at a respected institution doing a MS Physics with a concentration in condensed matter (superconductivity). I'm really more interested in particle physics to where I read about it in my spare time. I was considering changing fields for a phd to applied quantum field theory or something similar. I have a background in condensed matter field theory so there is some overlap. My problem is that I worry that after a particle physics phd a scientific job is difficult to find. I've done some research and seen that postdoc opportunities are available, but it's harder for me to find out anything about jobs beyond a postdoc. I do enjoy some parts of condensed matter, so it's not horrible for me to continue in this field, but I feel that I would excel more at something that I was really passionate about. But I wouldn't want to study something I enjoyed for a few years and then end up working at a bank (not that there is anything wrong with that, I just want to stay in the sciences). Does anyone have any advice? Is it as difficult as it sounds to continue in particle physics? Is condensed really the best field to stay in the sciences?