Hello, I'm currently a junior in high school and I've been thinking about what I want to do for a while now. Since my freshman year I've wanted to go into astrophysics but, as you all know, that is far from uncommon. I plan on primarily pursuing astrophysics, but I don't want to graduate without any job prospects. As of right now my plan is to get a BSc. in Physics and a PhD. in astrophysics. Like I said earlier I'm worried about job prospects. This is not to say I'm going to abandon my plan purely because of it, but I do want to have an informed backup plan. I love, love, love math and I feel the same way towards physics. I know I definitely want to do something with math in my career and I'd really prefer the math didn't involve finance or accounting or something like that. I want to do something in science. As of right now my backup plan is to go into engineering (I know, not exactly a science, but I love the idea of seeing my work physically come into reality and it is predicated on both physics and math) but I'm not sure how feasible it is. Assuming the worst case scenario, I'll be nearing the end of or even finished with my PhD. and realize I simply don't cut it as an astrophysicist - what would I have to do to transfer into an engineering program/become a licensed engineer? How much more schooling would it require (I'm primarily concerned with tuition here)? Alternatively, what are some fields of physics with good prospects moving forward? Even if I do become a successful astrophysicist I'm worried about geographical freedom (I'm also slightly concerned about economic freedom, but it seems like astrophysicists make some pretty good money. Besides, most of my happiness comes from being around others and that doesn't require too much money - does it?) I know a lot of people say just pursue what you love but I think it would be stupid and naïve of me to not have some realistic backups. This is my first post to the forums (although I have lurked for quite a while) so if I did anything wrong just let me know. Thanks everyone!