Hello, I will try to keep it short here. I want to be a professor (Physics or Engineering) but from what I am reading, it seems like a large amount of work with little pay. I have a few questions about this topic and was wondering if anyone could shed some light on it. 1.) What are the chances of being a professor straight out of grad school? My adviser said he did it, but that was back in the 70's and I feel like times have changed. I don't think this is possible anymore. 2.) Is it realistic to get a job in the industry (either private or government) and also be a lecturer on the side? I like the idea of teaching and preparing lectures, but not so much in always hunting for grants and struggling with trying to get tenure. I also don't like the relatively low pay until you are 10 years or so in. My fiance and I are looking to get married and have kids soon, and I want a job that I can easily provide with. But I also want to teach so I am conflicted! Thanks for any responses. EDIT: I will have my PhD in electrical engineering as well as a masters in physics in about a years time.