I have a bachelors in physics. I'm in grad school for Electrical Engineering now, I signed up saying I would skip a Masters and go straight for a PhD. I'm doing research on solar cells and I like it for the most part. I have a full research assistantship and I don't have to teach. My only problem is....I am in Virgina and I HATE IT HERE. I've been here for 1.5 years and I can't stand the thought of 3-4 more years. I'm trying to decide, do I start working on a Masters thesis and get out of here, or just stick it out and get the PhD? Is it really worth leaving a stable job and good research just because I'm unhappy here? I'd like to get a PhD somewhere else eventually (california) but its too late to apply for this fall, so I'd have to get a job somewhere for the mean time. I'm worried about entering this economy, especially since I have no other work experience and I don't really have any traditional electrical engineering skills (like circuits or computers, my work is mostly in semiconductor physics and fabrication) Oh and I don't ever want to be a professor, I want to work in research or industry, so I'm still not sure whether a PhD is even worth it. What would you do in this situation? Any thoughts are appreciated.