Hello Physics Forums, like many in this sub forum I am an incoming undergrad and have no idea what to major in. Throughout high school I was able to determine a love of all the sciences, but math and physics in particular and that whatever my career I wanted to make a difference in the world. Because of this love of math and physics I looked toward Engineering, the natural path as many told me, somewhere I could indulge in complex problems and in solving them derive a solution to real world problems. For a while I thought my choice had been made and then one day I suddenly realized I had no idea what engineers do and likely lacked one of the fundamental characteristics to engineering, a curiosity in how things are made (please explain engineering further to me if you can, I am always looking for new options). So I searched the career compendium sites for a new pursuit and happened upon medical physics. This seemed like the perfect option, a career where I could study physics and math and then end up in a medicine setting where I could help people with my knowledge. This seemed like a great choice until I started doing research on it too. Through lurking on this forum and others I read a plethora of information, I read that the career outlook isn't nearly so bright as universities would advertise, that in a hospital setting the profession is often not even recognized by MD's and higher up staff, discouraged from this route I continued looking for more options. The thing that most bothered me about Medical Physics was that these employees were not recognized as valuable by the so-called "real" runners of a hospital, the MDs, I don't want people to think of me as a lowly technician. So I looked to a career perhaps further embedded in Medicine that was similar to Medical Physics and happened upon Radiology. I have no problem with dedicating 10+ years to my schooling (as Medical Physics would require anyway!), so this profession wherein an MD is needed seems ideal. You get to work with the imaging technology present in Medical Physics as a highly respected individual and saving lives is a day-to-day occurrence. My only problem with it is thinking how far I have fallen from my passions. There is little to no math or physics at this point and the profession is largely associated with biology, probably my least favourite of the sciences. Now I look to you PF, if you have read my entire story here [kudos!], do you have any guidance for me? If someone can clarify aspects of any of the mentioned careers or wants to add something go right ahead, I'm all ears. Thanks. In summation: -Passion for math and physics -Would love a career in medicine **Since it may help, I am a Canadian student and would definitely like to stay here, preferably in the prairie provinces.