I am entering my senior year at a liberal arts college where I am earning a BA in Physics. I have some research experience in optics and by the time I graduate I will have more. I am fairly certain that I do not want to continue doing research for my career and that I am more interested in some form of industry work/engineering. With that in mind, as far as opportunities are concerned, does it make more sense for me to pursue a master’s degree or a PhD in optics? I suppose another way to phrase my question is, if I am not interested in doing research long-term, would it still be a significantly better career move for me to get a PhD? Or could I stick with a master’s degree and not lose out on significant opportunities in industry? Any advice, pros and cons to consider, or general info about what it’s like to work in optics at any level would be much appreciated, since it’s a somewhat specialized field and I don’t know many people in it. I have seen forums on the same masters-vs-PhD question for topics such as medical physics (another possibility for me if optics doesn’t pan out…I’m definitely not set in my career plans) and physics degrees, so I thought I’d ask specifically about optics. Thanks!