I am curious to hear your stories / opinions on what do physicists do after many post-PhD years in academia? A small fraction may get more-or-less ongoing research and/or teaching academic positions, but what about the majority of physicists? It appears that if a physicist tries to pursue a career in industry before or straight after a PhD, there may still be some opportunities, depending on skills and connections. I have however heard multiple times that staying for many years in academia (such as doing several postdocs and failing to get a tenure track, or finishing a tenure track and failing to secure a tenure, or getting let go from on-going academic job in countries with no tenure) basically closes most alternative paths. Since a big fraction (if not majority) of PhD physicists stay in academia for a few (often many) years but fail to build a career there, what do they do? I only personally know two such people: one is delivering pizzas, another is a shop assistant. Both are trying to get a degree completely unrelated to physics, but supporting a family with kids, working, studying and trying to make ends meet on a minimal wage is tough. Any alternatives?