How "hot" of an area of research is particle physics? Hello friends. I am currently trying to decide which branch of physics I want to go into. I have been interested in working as a theorist in particle physics, but I am afraid that the job market for this is not good. Also, I am afraid that research in the field is slow considering that it takes years to construct particle accelerators with enough energy to perform the experiments required to test theories in particle physics. Should I be concerned about the job market for particle physics, is progress being made in this field, and what are some "hot" areas of research in particle physics? TY.