Hi all, I'm a confused sophomore physics major. I love studying physics, but after completing 2 REUs (one in experimental AMO, one in computational atmospheric) I've started to realize that research is not for me. Basically, I'm not a very hands-on person, I dislike coding and I don't have the diligence or perseverance to be a good researcher. Honestly I think I'm too lazy and easily discouraged to be successful in academia. Previously I always assumed I'd go for a PhD after finishing my bachelors but now I guess I'm looking for other options. My only real talent is my ability to absorb information and understand concepts intuitively without someone teaching it to me. I can attain a shallow to moderate understanding of diverse subjects in a short amount of time, and I enjoy doing so. I favor bare competence over mastery and broadness over depth. I'm also a good presenter and communicator. These traits have allowed me to succeed in undergrad and attain high grades, but they were not useful for research in physics. Given these strengths and weaknesses of my character, what are some good alternatives to getting a physics PhD? There's two more years before I graduate, so I can finish one or two minors in the meantime (say, geology, economics or statistics). I've looked at various masters programs in finance, education and science policy. I guess I can make a living on one of those degrees, although my passion is in studying science. I guess I'm looking for a career as a science communicator (i.e. journalist, show host, teacher, advocate) or someone who can function as a go-between for scientists, engineers and other departments in a large company. If a PhD allows me to do one of these things, I guess I can struggle through one. Are there better paths? Thanks if you have any anecdotal stories to share!