Should I go into physics? Let me tell you my story first, I went to a decent public university, I was originally going for computer science, but then switched to engineering. I did terrible and was put on academic suspension. Now I'm at community college, things have been going pretty good grade wise and I've spent a lot of time rethinking about what I want out of my career. The more and more I think about it the more I'm considering physics. So I have a few questions Will my previous academic record prevent me from getting into any decent grad schools? How do I generally increase my chance of getting into grad schools? Extra math/physics classes? Honors? Undergrad research? Tutoring? Little of everything? What can I expect form the pay? No matter how passionate you are you got to pay the bills. More important, what is the job security like? Does matter how passionate you are or how much money you could make if you can't get a job in the first place. What are the chances for academia? I've heard lots of horror stories about it, but I think its the route I would like to take. Not to get all socialistic or anything, but I'd rather research for the sake of expanding human knowledge rather than a lacky for some corporation looking to fling out their next product. And expanding on that, what are some of the work environments can I expect? Things like lots of competition, paper work, long hours(although I do realize this is almost inevitable in any serious career,but I don't want to work 60-70 hours a week into my 30s) and intrusive management turn me off.