hello all, im new to these boards and have a question- i've recently stumbled across the agonizing question as to whether i want to be a physicist or an engineer. is there any help you all could give that would help me solve this awful question? i love physics, and if i were to be an engineer, im almost positive i wouldn't have time to do research in new developments like string theory, plasma physics, etc. And if i were to be a physicist, i would most likely end up doing grad work in plasma or astrophysics, and ending up in a university or possibly government lab. yet engineering has recently shown me the possibilities that would come from being in that field, and the following are the most intriguing types imo- (in order)- aerospace/nuclear, mechanical, electrical, software as a last resort. so i was wondering, is there any advice you can give me on deciding whether to go full into physics or go into engineering? *****also, if i were to go into engineering, would CAD classes be useful to take now? also, my credentials include- sophomore at a very good high school, in all honors classes this year and one level three(basic college prep)- biology, yet its very easy for me and im moving up to honors for chem next year, because i satisfy the 95 or so avg needed. my math grades are between a B to an A- usually, and right now we are doing trig. next year is precalc, and senior year will be AP calc AB. i read physics sometimes, such as Elegant Universe, Physics of the Impossible, Brief History of Time, etc. i also watch The Universe on the history channel whenever its on, and am a HUGE Stargate nut :) i know its a long post, but im stumped. thanks!