I have just been accepted to pursue an advanced degree (Masters) in Physics with a specialization in condensed matter. I have some questions regarding this field (Google results are somewhat outdated). (1) What exactly does a condensed matter physicist study? I know it is the study of condensed states of matter - namely solid, liquid. However, what aspects of these states are interesting? Is there a fair bit of Quantum Mechanics involved? (2) Initially I wanted to go into engineering (MASc) from my bachelors - however this is easier said than done. I got many refusals due to not having the prerequisites. From what I read online - condensed matter physics is the closest branch of physics you can get to engineering. In other words - the branch with the most applications. The reason I ask is because I want to go into industry and application and move away from academia after my Masters. Are these things true? Is it fairly 'easy' to get a job in industry with a MSc in Condensed matter? (3) I guess this is a follow up from the last question - how in-demand are condensed matter physicists nowadays - and what is the future prospect of this field? I, again, read online that it is one of the most 'in-demand' fields in physics next to medical physics- true? I love physics - however, I would feel at ease with some kind of job prosperity in the future. By the way I am in living in Germany and that is where I will be looking for work after my Masters (possibly PhD).