Hello, I'm a senior in high school right now and, with the start of my last semester, have begun asking questions about what my future holds for me. I'm attending CU Boulder next year to study Physics, and am planning on going through my Masters and hopefully a PhD. My parents are hesitant about me finding work after I finish. I've read through a few stories about people getting all the way through their PhD's and ending up as bartenders and other sort of jobs. What are the best routes to take? I've heard grad school experience can be superior to new PhD's? Is this true? I was thinking that I'd be pretty easily employed with a research or teaching job after, but am still unsure. What should do a lot of people end up doing? I know I have a lot of time still, but I feel somewhat anxious about it all. Any words of wisdom for the aspiring physicist?