Hi, I am a freshman in college trying to decide what to study, and what sort of long-term plans I should have. I like math and love physics, and for a long time I thought I would become a physicist. But lately I've been thinking that I would rather do something more practical and that has more of an impact on the world, plus I know that job prospects in physics are poor. Nanotechnology seems really cool to me, and I've really had my interest sparked by stuff like photonics, organic LEDs, etc. So I decided that electrical engineering might be my best option. But I have a couple of questions: 1) I'm not really into "tinkering", which is why I wasn't thinking engineering in the first place. I have no interest in soldering together circuits - I'd rather work on more theoretical things. Will EE bore me to death? 2) Who is it that works on the things that I mentioned (nanofabrication, etc.)? Are they electrical engineers? Or are they physicists, materials scientists, or something else? And what degrees do they have? 3) I know that overall job prospects for engineers are much better than those for pure physicists. But are the areas I'm interested in employable? Or are they so cutting-edge that the only jobs are in academia, and there is an impossible crunch to get them? Thank you for any help you can give me!