Am still not clear which path to choose. Both departments got good program and research. I have admission from both departments. Am bit worried from job point of view after graduation. Do industry/academia treat PhD Applied physics equal to EE for job offers? To give more insight if I choose applied physics I will be working in semicondutor material research and in EE it will be signal processing. Once I choose a path there is no going back. Any pointers in this direction will be helpful.