I work primarily with electrical engineers, physicists, and mathematicians. I have a degree in psychology and I have been taking a few classes per semester in lower division science/math courses; e.g., I am taking multi-variable calculus this semester. Both of the local universities San Diego State University and UCSD in my city do not grant second bachelor's degrees in science fields. The reasoning being that I already had my shot and I would be taking up the spot of someone who hadn't had the opportunity to go to college. Fair enough. SDSU has told me that I must apply for a graduate program (in this case EE) in order to get be considered but must have taken most of the courses out of their undegraduate curriculum. My co-workers have offerred the following advice: "You're wasting your time. You'd be better off smoking pot and watching episodes of Survivor." "You should be at the beach staring at *@*#$@# and @#$@#$." "Engineering is on the decline and it is a global market. Someone else can do your job for half as cheap and twice as efficient." "You'll never use any of that crap." "Go out and chase women instead." "It doesn't matter, you have a steady government job and no one ever uses what they learned in school." I have the following questions: Why do so many people who have engineering degrees (people whom I would consider intelligent) say such things? Are they right in any sense? I find that I'm interested more in physics than EE. What are the job prospects for people with an M.S. in physics from a school like SDSU and am I better off smoking pot and watching episodes of Survivor?