I have recently posted about trying to enter a masters/phd program for Medical Physics (Going to try for SDSU and LSU). Before this week i was quite hopeful and naive i suppose. I was not aware of how tough the job market was and the bottlenecking in the residency programs. Don't get me wrong, I wouldn't be against going to one I'm just worried i wouldn't get into one and be left not being able to start my life. I am very interested in all fields of physics and i thought that medical physics was a way to still be intellectually stimulated but still help people while making good money... I am getting antsy and want to start a career or Maybe its also because i am just finishing up my Bs and starting to feel a bit burned out! Ideally i want to live in california (preferably Bay area) and not wait until I'm 30 to start my career.. So I'm asking, What are career options for medical physics ms without going to a residency? And what are some interdisaplinary areas that have a good job market? Is Medical Physics a high risk field as far as Career opportunities? I do truly want to help my family out when i get a career so money is important.. i just feel kinda discouraged.