I've been agonizing over what to study in graduate school. I'm most interested in Astrophysics (which is what my undergraduate degree will be in), but the job prospects have scared me off of Astrophysics and even general Physics, and I'm not interested in academia anyhow. In an attempt to compromise interests and some sort of a shot at a relevant job, I decided it might be a good idea to get a degree in Plasma Physics. I hope that, with fusion being a promising source of energy, there being an energy crisis in the U.S., and the Dept. of Energy funding research, it might be easier (although not much easier, I realize) to find a job with such a specialty. Does this sound like a good plan? I'd like to read about anyone's experiences with plasma physics (school- and/or career-wise), as well. Another thing I am really worried about are recommendations. It's been two years since I left my university, and I didn't really connect with many of the professors. There were two professors I've had write me recommendations for an internship (about a year and a half ago)...is it ok to ask them again? I don't really understand the recommendations etiquette. The Physics GRE is also on my mind. I've been working and haven't had much time/energy/peace of mind to study much for it, but I'd like to have it done so I can apply to grad school this fall. Does 4-6 months study time seem realistic for doing well? This is coming from some one who was about a low B student. Does anyone know of any California test prep centers that tutor for it? Kaplan has nothing. I'm in need of a mentor. I looked into MentorNet but I don't qualify. Can anyone recommend another service/website? My last question is about financing. I REALLY do not want to be in a teacher assistanceship position where I have to explain stuff to undergrads. I know having to explain things helps me to understand them myself, but I already have several years tutoring experience (during which I was quite successful and in demand) at the college level, so I know that I'm capable of explaining things when necessary. The experience I had also made me want to avoid anything like tutoring in the future, though. I'm an introvert and having to deal with people on a regular basis like that will just drain me, and I see it affecting my studies. I could deal with something like being a grader. To those of you who've financed physics grad school this way, were you given a choice of what you did? I have a really good internship lined up for this summer (at a National Lab), and I've had some computational research experience at my undergrad university. How much would this, along with being fairly certain about my research interests, help me get a research assistanceship instead, early in my graduate career rather than later? Thanks for reading.