I understand that this maybe a very common or an irritating question by now, Should I opt for Physics or Engineering? From the last 5 years I have been fantasizing become a scientist and I am selected in a "not very" reputed university for Bsc physics (hons.) course, but my parents are insisting that I opt for Engineering, they are literally begging me! The situation is this that I am starting to consider engineering myself. The following are main things that I have been obsessing about for the last 5 days, please advise me on this! 1. As physics is a very competitive field, will I have to work in a completely different industry on a lower payroll than both physicists and Engineers just because I specialized in a "not in demand" field? 2. My dream is to "Invent" something that will solve the near coming energy crisis of the planet, will being a physicist help be on this ? 3. As my undergraduate university is not a reputable one will I ever get admitted in a good university like Harvard, Stanford , provided that I score perfectly in my graduation and publish alot of things? 4. http://imgur.com/N8IFJ92 / People like her with a Phd are not getting jobs? they are seeking jobs in Engineering department? Why? are there not enough Phd positions? What are my chances of ending up like her? This scares me! and is the heaviest reason for me to consider engineering 5. I've heard from some of my friends that I can later do research in Physics after taking some Engineering deciplines? is it true? are there ant physicists with bachelor's degree in Engineering ? 6. As my family is not a rich one and I will wind up with a ton of loan money when I finish my Phd, will I ever live a good life (with decent amount of money? provided that I work hard 7. http://physics.wustl.edu/katz/scientist.html [Broken] This scared me the most, is it completely true? Is getting a Phd a deathtrap?