Hi, I'm in my junior year as a physics major. I started out convinced that I wanted a Ph.D., but now I'm not so sure, so I've been looking around for interesting paths that don't involve one. I've run across the optics/optical engineering masters programs at URochester, UArizona, and a couple other schools, which seem to welcome physics majors; they sound great to me because optics is an area I'm very interested in, and the optical engineering field is one that looks like fun to work in. The thing is, there are so few programs in this area that I'm a bit suspicious - are there actually any jobs out there for optics graduates or is this an overspecified, dead-end degree? The schools claim that they have huge demand for their masters optics students, but that's what they would say. Anyone have any insight on these programs? Any optical engineers who can talk about what the field is like?