I'm currently a Junior in High School and have been thinking about possible career choices. It's definitely tough to find something that offers both money and satisfaction for the job itself. I've always been interested in physics and math, so I thought that theoretical physics would provide that satisfaction. However, from what I've read, the money is a little bit lacking. So, I guess what I would really like, is to know if it's worth it. Obviously no one can answer this question except myself, but if I have a little more information I can make a better decision. Anyway, what I would like to know is: What do theoretical physicists do specifically on a daily basis? Is it a routine of teaching and research? Is it tedious, does it ever get "boring" or "dull"? What is the average pay? I used to want ridiculous amounts of money and the financial sector looked very nice for a while. Anymore, I think that about 120k would be great! It's a far step from the millions I could be making in finance, but is it asking too high for this profession? What is the salary I should expect? Thanks for any answers. A better picture of being a theoretical physicist would be most appreciated.