I want to become a physicist and should go to university to start my BSc soon. But what about the hours? How much time will I spend studying? When I graduate, how much time will I spend working? In that two year old astrophysics with politics thread I read that an astrophysicist works around 60 hours a week. That's a lot! I don't mind working, but I want to do other things as well, like sports, going out and travelling. Will my job allow for it? Both financially and in terms of time? I'm not sure what kind of physicist I want to be yet, but I'll probably do research(or be a theorist). This is probably very general, so could you please give me some cases for different physicists, just to see what's it like for different people. Any information is appreciated, thank you.