I'm an undergrad physics major, and I constantly hear from peers and outside sources that physics majors have eight years of schooling, and get paid like ****, and that it's hard to find a job as a research physicist (that's what I want to do). I'm wondering why people say this though, because I took out a student loan and to take it out, I was required to make a hypothetical payment plan for post-grad, and part of this included me entering my major and degree level to determine my future salary. Well I ended up having been calculated as making $170k/yr (correct me if I'm wrong, but that's clearly not entry level) by my school website. I also looked up my salary and job outlook on www.bls.gov and it said that the job market is growing as fast as average, and that the median salary is $117k/yr. Either way (whether it's 117k or 170k) I'm content. The only thing that concerns me is what people are saying. I understand that my sources are more reputable, but not necessarily. Life experience doesn't compare to statistics, so I'm wondering if maybe I should just change my major to engineering like everyone else. I looked up electrical engineering, for example, on www.bls.gov, and it states that they have a slower than average job outlook, and it raises major curiosity in me, because I never hear of engineering majors having problems finding jobs. What is going on here? Also, if I change my major to engineering, I will be happy doing that as well. I really do love physics, but I'm thinking that engineers make more (supposedly) in half the amount of schooling. I'm a single mom, so I'd like some opinions on what people think is smarter for me in my position. PLEASE NOTE, either way I would be happy doing what I'm doing. I get very easy A's in math, and I get all A's in physics, but yet I don't feel smart all the time. Is this common for physics majors?