Hey everyone! So the advice I've received over the past two years on what to major in has overwhelmingly been in favor of some engineering discipline rather than physics, even though my genuine interests lie in physics and astrophysics. Main reasons seem to be salary and ability to find work, which are very legitimate and understandable. And don't get me wrong, I do believe that I would very much enjoy engineering (currently planning on MechE+Aero), but just not to the same degree as pure physics (and yes, I know pure physics isn't what popsci documentaries and books make it out to be). What I wanted to know is if you graduate from a top tier school in physics, could that make you a lot more employable and increase your ability to find work (either in the private sector or academia)? The reason I ask this is because I'm a high school senior, and can't believe this happened but I got accepted to Stanford! As with other top schools, I wasn't expecting to get in at all since it's a real crapshoot, but now that I have, is it worth reconsidering majoring in physics? I've also applied to Harvard, Princeton, and Columbia, but those decisions come in March (and I most likely won't choose any of them over Stanford tbh). Most of the awards, accomplishments and activities that contributed to the "wow" factor of my application were centered on physics and astrophysics, so I'm definitely much more familiar with that field than I am with engineering. Stanford has a fantastic engineering program in MechE, and I could add an AeroAstro minor to it, but damn, something in me just wants to go with physics. I think we have until like sophomore year to make a final decision on a major, so I don't need to decide now, but I'd like to keep my career path focused so I don't do anything stupid and wasteful down the line. I'm really siked about all this, but at the same time, it's hard to make these kind of decisions. I don't wanna put future me in a position of regret and anger, but I also want to make sure I stay happy with what I'm doing in life. And I'll say it, whether it makes me sound bad or not - I do care about money. A lot. And some of the hobbies I plan to be a part of seriously require money. And sure, if I go with engineering, nothing is stopping me from learning as much physics as possible in my own time, but that isn't the same as actually being a part of the field. What would y'all do in my situation? Any general advice?