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I'm currently at crossroads about what field I should head into for university. I'd appreciate any advice about what would be a good direction to head into based on my interests and goals.

If I had to name my favorite subject, it would most likely be either mathematics or physics. I've pursued these subjects quite a bit throughout high school and have taken a moderate amount of college classes in both fields. For context, my current background includes the following (

Calculus I + II (

Calculus III (

Differential Equations

Linear Algebra

Introduction to Proofs: Logic, Sets, and Functions

Analysis I

Analysis II

Theory of Positive Integers (

Probability Theory (

Physics for Scientists and Engineers II, II, and III (

Mathematical Methods for Physics (

Classical Mechanics

Quantum Mechanics

Electricity Magnetism

Thermal and Statistical Physics (

I also took a few engineering classes:

Statics

Mechanics of Materials

Circuits I (

Having taken a few college courses, I do feel like I have a fairly good idea of what sort of content to expect in university. I was certainly surprised by how different higher-level mathematics and physics are from their lower-level counterparts. Out of all the courses I've taken, I definitely find physics the most fascinating. I guess I enjoy the challenge in tackling the course material and find the actual content the most interesting (S

Anyway, on towards actual questions and concerns I have.

If I had to name my favorite subject, it would most likely be either mathematics or physics. I've pursued these subjects quite a bit throughout high school and have taken a moderate amount of college classes in both fields. For context, my current background includes the following (

*I don't know if the course names mean much, considering the different curriculum at each university)*:**Math:**Calculus I + II (

*Differential and Integral Calculus*)Calculus III (

*Multivariable Calculus*)Differential Equations

Linear Algebra

Introduction to Proofs: Logic, Sets, and Functions

Analysis I

Analysis II

Theory of Positive Integers (

*Number Theory*)Probability Theory (

*Current)***Physics:**Physics for Scientists and Engineers II, II, and III (

*Classical Mechanics, E&M, etc. with Calculus*)Mathematical Methods for Physics (

*Overview of vector calc, lin alg, ODEs, PDEs, complex analysis, etc.*)Classical Mechanics

Quantum Mechanics

Electricity Magnetism

Thermal and Statistical Physics (

*Current)*I also took a few engineering classes:

**Engineering:**Statics

Mechanics of Materials

Circuits I (

*Basics of circuit design)*

Having taken a few college courses, I do feel like I have a fairly good idea of what sort of content to expect in university. I was certainly surprised by how different higher-level mathematics and physics are from their lower-level counterparts. Out of all the courses I've taken, I definitely find physics the most fascinating. I guess I enjoy the challenge in tackling the course material and find the actual content the most interesting (S

*orry if that comes off as a little over-dramatic*).Anyway, on towards actual questions and concerns I have.

- For a long time, I was almost certain that I would major in Physics. In the past few years, I've received the opportunity to perform research in a variety laboratory environments (including a microbiology lab, a physics lab, a mechanical engineering lab, and a mentorship with a theoretical physicist). And while I thoroughly enjoyed these research experiences, I'm starting to feel like I wouldn't actually enjoy a career in academia. It seems like there is a lot of pressure to constantly be publishing papers, alongside the process of applying for grants, managing classes, etc. And attaining tenure isn't exactly easy in itself either.

__Is this outlook accurate?__With an undergraduate major in physics, there doesn't seem like there are many career paths to follow other than into graduate school and academia. And if I go into the job market with just an undergrad physics degree, I'll most likely end up working in an entirely different field anyway.__If I don't want to go into academia, is it still worthwhile to get a degree in physics?__

- I've always enjoyed building things and hobby projects - in fact, some of my favorite lab experiences involved building things. So I suppose another good major option would be a field of engineering. The classes I've taken so far have been interesting, if a little bit repetitive (most of Statics was just balancing force/torque equations, and Circuits I was mostly the same principles applied to increasingly complicated circuits).
__I was wondering if anyone could provide advice as to which field of engineering would be closest to a physics degree in terms of content?__Considering that I enjoyed the Classical Mechanics and Thermal Physics courses the most in physics, I am currently leaning towards a degree in mechanical or aerospace engineering.

__What would careers for an engineering major actually look like?__I would consider myself to be fairly ambitious, and I hope to be get into a career with a lot of potential for growth. And while careers in engineering do provide high salaries in comparison to many other majors, it seems like a career in mechanical engineering wouldn't be nearly as fast-moving than a career like, for example, computer science. In other words, I feel like it would be very easy to spend large amounts of time on a single project in engineering with little potential for actual career advancement.__Of course, this is an opinion derived from my already poor understanding of engineering careers - is this even accurate?____Are there any other careers or majors that would be good to look into, considering my interests in math, physics, and engineering?__If a bit shallow, I do want to get into a field with a high salary potential. And I feel like I would most enjoy a job where I get to work with new technology and concepts. I imagine these criteria are rather idealistic, but I would appreciate any advice nevertheless. On a side note, I've tried to get into computer science on several occasions, but it has never truly interested me.

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