First, a bit of background. I am currently in a Master's program, studying specifically particle physics and astrophysics. I've always wanted to do research in astrophysics, even from my first day as an undergrad. I've thought about doing research in other fields, but I've never really given it too much priority. However, after doing a lot of research in job prospects in the various fields of physics, I've found that I'm very unlikely to land a job that does research in astrophysics, be it at a university or a national lab. Instead, most people seem to think that I'm much more likely to land a job in oil and gas, finance, or defense. Is this true? For various reasons, I don't want to do a job in any of those fields. And, while I'd be comfortable doing a non-research job outside of those fields, I would still like to do physics research. So which fields (besides biophysics) am I most likely to land a research job in? I thought I had my life more or less on solid path, but mitigating circumstances and nagging doubts are ruining it, so any help here would be greatly appreciated.