After reading some posts here is seems that the general consensus is that if one is interested in physics and math then one should be an electrical engineer unless one wants to teach and make around $30k/yr which is Wal-Mart cashier pay where I live(New Mexico). Is this really the case? Is getting a degree in physics essentially mental masturbation or is one able to gain employment with the degree and attain a salary greater than that of a janitor? Also I don't really understand the low salary quote often posted around $30-40k/yr when the wsj posts incomes that are comparable to EE degrees. Electrical Engineering starting median:$60,900.00 mid-career median: $103,000.00 Physics starting median: $50,300.00 mid-career median: $97,300.00 http://online.wsj.com/public/resources/documents/info-Degrees_that_Pay_you_Back-sort.html Bottom Line: Is Physics near worthless compared to EE post graduation if one wants to work in industry?