I will be very soon filling my university admissions preferences. I can't really make a decision because I have to consider many things, for example, job availability for the degree I choose, etc. My passion is to work in scientific research, be it in computer research, energy research, defense research, medical research, astrophysics research etc. so I thought a degree in physics would be perfect for that but in Australia, physicist do not find jobs except in teaching and only the very best get jobs in research (very low demand and the research isn't that interesting anyway) or as a lecturer at university. Research isn't supported by the government here and people who work in research earn very low salaries. My physics teacher used to work in research but decided to become a high school teacher but I can tell that he isn't the happiest man in the world. He is always angry and pretty bad at teaching, spent 5 months teaching a topic that can be taught in 1-2 months. The only way this could work is if I manage to get a scholarship from an American or English university but that means I will have to compete with the best of the best from around the world, the people from India, China, Japan, Singapore, etc. so this is a very risky plan. Some physics grads do get jobs in engineering, finance, etc. but not many and employers view physicists as impractical as they don't have the experience. Regarding money, there are basically 6 fields that have job security and a lot of money in Australia: - Medicine - Bank Investment, Finance, Actuary, etc. - Law (well, only successful lawyers earn a lot of money, not all) - Dentistry - Engineering (Mining and Petrol and Gas are the only engineers that make a lot of money, Chemical engineering comes next) - IT, Communications, Computer Technicians, Software Developers etc. (not a lot of money but jobs are available) Out of the above 6 fields I am interested in only medicine and engineering. I would do medicine but it has no maths at all, a lot of memorisation, a lot of responsibility, takes 12+ years until I specialise, etc. but over all I would do it. Salaries for medicine are at least $100k. Engineering is interesting but I don't like mining and petrol and gas, they are just too specialised and I can only make money for a few years then new energy technologies will replace fossil fuels (petroleum will definitely run out in about 70 years). Chemical engineering is interesting, however. Salaries for Engineering are $60k+. Engineering managers, consultants, etc. earn a lot but it is boring work and I wouldn't do it. If I was in the USA I would definitely do physics and work in research but here in the Australia I really need to carefully make my decision and think about job availability. The thing is that I need to make the decision now because, for example, if I want to do engineering I need to start applying for scholarships and the application process takes a lot of effort. One scholarship is called the CO-OP scholarship, in this scholarship I get sponsored by a company to study and do work experience with them, this means when I graduate in 4 years I can definitely get a good job because the scholarship is very well recognised and highly respected. If I want to do medicine then I have to really forget about everything else and worry about medical admission because the process is very tedious. I need to practice for the medical admission test, practice for the interview, apply for scholarships, etc. My other option is post graduate medicine. This means I do an engineering degree (chemical engineering for example) or science then after 4 years apply for post grad medicine if I really want to do medicine and if I don't like engineering or science which means I get my medicine degree in 8 years. This means a lot of time will be wasted so this option isn't that good. So what do you think? Thank you!