Hello I hate to start a thread on this, but I have read the "so you want to be a physicist" article and various threads and none of them adequately answer my question. My situation is - I'm majoring in physics and computer science - I "guess" I'm a junior. I'm currently managing a 3.95 GPA. I am toying with the idea of going to grad school for physics BUT, from what I have read all you can do with a graduate physics degree is - Be a teacher (professor/highschool/whatever depending on whether you have a PhD or not) - Work for DOD or some other government organization - Work in a field other than physics (miscellaneous engineering, journalist, termite extermination, etc) - Work in semiconductor industry All these things are either something I don't want to do, or are a waste of a degree in physics. What sort of jobs would one pursue with a graduate degree (or just an undergraduate degree for that matter) in physics? Or, where/what would I look for to find out for myself? Is there any sort research that goes on outside of academia? From the article apparently there are national labs or industrial labs such as bell labs that you can do a post-doc at, but from the sounds of it there are very few openings for permanent personal at those places. Basically I'm trying to determine whether its going to be worth the effort or if it will be useless stint that costs me a lot of money and time.