The "Should I go to grad school" thread So my second year of university is coming to a close, with so far so good grades (hopefully straight A's both semesters), work in two labs (particle physics and computational biophysics) and rounding it out with maybe a summer research position at an REU. In other words I'm doing just about everything somebody with a serious interest in being an academic might do... however, the sheer hopeless odds of getting an academic job have made me seriously reconsider all this effort I'm putting in! I was planning on taking lots of hard graduate courses and push myself in research, but what's the point? Why not just bail and go into industry earlier rather than later? So the question is, with my physics BS, what can I do, and how can I do it? I've seen all sorts of job statistics, with about 50% of employed physics bachelors working in IT/Engineering/STEM. But that's not comforting to me; I do NOT want to be a high school teacher. I want to be solving at least somewhat interesting problems. I have some relatively serious coding/UNIX/hardware experience from my lab work which is only getting better, I will be proficient in C and python by the time I get out. How do I get employed doing something interesting, and would grad school be worth it?