Hello there helpful people (at least I hope so). I've been lurking in the shadows of these forums since I stumbled upon them a week or so ago and I have come up with a question I have been unable to find enough information for. I'm in my first year of a BSc in physics, although its pretty general stuff at this point, calc, linear algebra, chem, eng, and of course physics. I've always told myself i'll will just take the courses I enjoy and a career will come naturally to me in the end. I plan on going to grad school, and eventually getting a PhD, but I have been having some difficulties with investigating what life is like for a fresh out of grad school PhD holding physicist. I love academia, I enjoy tutoring and love exploring new ideas so I have always pictured myself as a prof but the more I read about life when you graduate the more distant that dream seems. Ok, sorry about the long intro, here's my question. Is it true that when you graduate with a PhD in the sciences and you want to remain in the academic setting that you spend quite a few years going from university to university making money that does not represent all the hard work you've done and that it's not untill your 40's that you get tenure and a permanent position? Again, I'm sorry about all the text, but this is a big deal for me, I love physics but I don't want to grad and be a glorified research assistant untill I'm 40 jumping from school to school. Maybe I am just paranoid and getting the wrong information so if you can, please shoot some information on what its like getting into the academic world when you graduate. I am from Canada as well if that makes a difference.