Hi, in two weeks, I am going to send my application to a university to get a degree in physics (I live in Europe so it is going to last 5 years, 3 years for a bachelor's degree and 2 years for a master). At the moment, I am a 27 years old software developer (I have a bachelor's degree in software development). I love physics and maths (but not pure maths if that makes any sense, I love using maths to solve problems) and I really would love to work in a scientific field when I graduate in 5 years. The problem is that I am not sure I will want to get a PhD in physics, I honestly don't know what I will do when I am 32 years old with a master's degree in condensed matter physics (assuming I reach my goal). Unfortunately, the more I read about a degree in physics (without a PhD), the more I can see people talk about programming or finance. I like programming but I want it to be a tool to solve problems and not just build software for the sake of getting a salary. Will it really be hard to find a job in sciences with a master's degree in Condensed Matter Physics (that's what the university offers) ? Will I be "forced" to get a PhD if I want to be sure to work in a physics related area ? I could get an engineering degree instead but I don't particularly like building things so that's why I think engineering is not for me. Computational physics is really interesting, I don't know how the job market is though. Would you have any advice/experience to share ? Thank you.