So basically this is my story. From a young age I have always known of my intelligence. From the time I was 3 years old I was saying "I want to go to college and be a paleontologist !". My parents split and I began to act out as a child and suffered academically. Only because I didn't pay attention. It was not a lack of Capability. When I was in the 7th grade I was introduced into the world of physics from a simple documentary. I was immediately fascinated by all physics. From your basic Newtonian Laws, Einstein's Photo Electric Theory, Einstein's Theory of Relativity, Coulomb's Law, Hook's law. No matter what it applied to, just the spacial images in my head of these things being applied to the grand design of the universe we live in fascinate me. So my Junior Year of High school I took what was called a "Conceptual Physics" class. It was all of the laws and principles of physics. Like Thermodynamics, and gravity. Just without the math. It peaked my interest even further. My Senior year of high school I took a College Level Physics. That didn't count as a college credit. Since I spent so many years with a lack of interest in school, and I rebelled against my parents I did not pay attention to math at all. I maybe did like 20 homework assignments from 3-12th grade. My teachers always passed me on because they knew I was capable, I just wasn't do it. So there I was taking a class that kids in our Calculus and Trig classes were dropping and I knew no math. I basically failed the class the whole year. But my teacher saw me getting the concepts. At the end of the year we had reached Einstein's theory of relativity along with Light and Sound Waves. Our end of the year test relied on the math behind Transverse and Longitudinal Waves. Like how to tell how much liquid was in a glass by the frequency of the the sound of the air being blown into the glass. Doppler Effect, Reflection, Index of Refraction, Types of Lenses, Reverberation, Internal Refraction, Scattering. Along with multiple choice questions about things like "The Double Slit Tests" and Time travel. Like how the electrons behaved, what is the law of length contraction. I studied for a mere 3 days and got the highest score out of the entire student body of my high school on the test. Resulting in me graduating. It made me want to pursue a carrier in physics. I'm not worried about the money genuinely. As long as I can live on it. I also here that all these "romantic" fields of physics are bad to get into. (Theoretical, Quantum Theory, Astrophysics.) because there isn't a demand for the work. I'm not like a genius who is a human calculator with a space age processor. So it's not like I see myself solving Einstein's Master Theory or being the man to confirm string theory. But I just have a passion here and I want to know what branch of physics am I best studying in college. I am not going to get into an IV league school period. My high school track record is to horrible academically. But right now I am in community college making awesome grades, planning to attend a 4 year college. I hear Condensed Matter Physics has a demand for work ? Please I am not looking for someone to tell me to be an engineer. I don't want to be an engineer. I want to be a physicist. So basically. For someone who is in my situation, which branch of physics is best to pursue a Ph.D in ?