Main Question or Discussion Point
If I become a physicist and got my Ph.D in physics can I work more experimentally and application based?
I am not sure about industry or in national labs, but in academic there is not a 5/95 split of theoreticians to experimentalists. My guess is perhaps 40/60 or 45/55.I recall hearing from professors that 50% of physics students want to be theoreticians, and only 5% of the jobs are in theoretical physics. So no, absolutely not. Theoretical physics doesn't have immediate practical use (though in the long term it may have enormous uses once it gets applied.) So there isn't a lot of money for it, the way there is money to get useful and desired things built that people will pay for. I think 50% of physicists are in academia and the other 50% are in industry. Anyone want to improve my numbers?