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What about applied math? best of both worlds maybe.

Or you can take one or more the core physics courses of Classical Mechanics, E and M Theory and Quantum Mechanics to satisfy your interests.

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It's definitely not true that physics has worse job prospects than math.

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It's definitely not true that physics has worse job prospects than math.

Well, as of 2013 (can't find any more recent surveys) according to the NSF's survey of doctoral recipients, mathematics Ph.D holders have an unemployment rate of 1.2% vs 2.9% for physics Ph.D holders.

Granted, both of these are pretty good, but mathematics also has an involuntary out-of-field rate of 3.7% as opposed to 7.4% for physics. It seems that, across the board, mathematics Ph.Ds were doing slightly better than physics Ph.Ds, but that's not to say any of them were starving. Also, this only applies to Ph.D holders. I believe the APS has relevant statistics for undergraduate degrees, but you'd have to find corresponding statistics for mathematics degree holders.

Of course, I encourage anyone to look at the data and to keep in mind that it is 3 years old:

https://ncsesdata.nsf.gov/doctoratework/2013/

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Yes if I were to go for mathematics (which as of this moment I am leaning towards) it would be applied. Im one course away from a minor in physics, the next course is modern physics which covers quantum mechanics cosmology and relativity at my college which should be pretty suitable to "fill me up" lol. And thank you!

What about applied math? best of both worlds maybe.

Or you can take one or more the core physics courses of Classical Mechanics, E and M Theory and Quantum Mechanics to satisfy your interests.

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Recently I have also been hearing about research done in industry which is pretty fundamental and allows one to directly apply there physics knowledge (this is stuff that someone in CMT could do).

I'm not exactly sure how much pedigree matters for these jobs but it is probably important.

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