Hi PF, I'm actually still an undergrad, so this is a long ways off, but I've been thinking about what possible route I want to take if/when I complete a Physics PhD program. I've come up with a couple reasons why the quant/finance path (or its analogue in 5-10 years) seems interesting to me, and I'd like to know whether they are practical or applicable (the reality of the situation vs. what I think I could get out of it). 1) I want to save up some money for future family needs. I was raised as the son of doctors, so money has been plenty in my life so far, but for a lot of reasons I intend to live a life that is not materially focused. I don't really *want* the coveted six figure salary. Nonetheless, I realize that I'm saying this from a position of extreme financial comfort, that where I am is only possible because of my parent's money. So while I don't want to live a very material life, I DO want to make sure my future kids/family are not affected by my weird vow of poverty. I don't want money to be a limiting factor for them, because it never was for me and I'd feel like a hypocrite if I didn't pass that on. 2) I want to understand wtf the system is that plays with the big $. I think the average American is just as clueless about economics as they are about QFT. I don't want that to be the case for me, so I want to observe the financial system from a foot soldier's point of view and see what I can learn. Ultimately, the question of poverty in the modern world is the one that bothers me the most, and I want to learn about its counterpart, the question of wealth in the modern world. Are these two things reasonable goals? Is the physics -> finance path appropriate, with these goals in mind? Or, for example, is the pay vastly exaggerated and the job more monkey work than thought provoking? Or, would there be better ways to accomplish these goals? Thanks PF.