Why hello there, Before I state the question I would just like to give a short background tour: I'm 17 years old, live in Iceland and have wanted to be a physicist for many years and for some quite some time I've wanted to be a particle physicist in particular. I've always gotten 9's and 10's in both physics and maths (with the occasional 8's slipping in >.>) so I do believe I will be able to handle the academic part of physics quite well. My question, on the other hand, pertains to practicality. I live in a small town so the only physicists I know are my teachers, two of which have been teachers most of their careers and not actively been researching on the frontiers of science and one who has retired from researching but he is an astrophysicist. So I didn't really have anyone close to ask questions concerning the work environment of particle physicists and I didn't find anything about it online (although I must admit I did not put a lot of effort into searching, as this question is mainly due to interest, rather than concern). So that is why I ask here, if anyone know: Concerning the job availability for particle physics, is it difficult to get the position of a particle physicist. Are most of those who get degrees in particle physics doomed to use there degree for something else unless they are either lucky, have good connections or are that more brilliant? Or is there more of a market for particle physicists then I know of/realize? Thanks in advance, ~Logos123 p.s. first post!