I would ultimately like to be involved in the experiment side of Physics. Creating, checking, repairing, and analyzing the experiments. I'm confused if this description gives way to Engineering or not. I know a handful of Engineers (3 ME's, 1 Aerospace Eng, 1 Comp Eng) and only the AE does the type of work that I would like. He's in the R&D dept of the company and has his Master's in AE. The others are either designing the way a product looks or managing, both of which, according to them, "require barely any knowledge of Engineering." I do not want to fall in the second group. So I'm a little reluctant to major in Engineering. Currently, I'm 27 and a freshman. There's no hurry to my decision because all the classes are the same for a year. I don't know if I have a PhD in me or not, which as I research this I am finding out is almost required for Physics. A Master's would be more realistic. So, what's the best degree for my goals, Engineering, Physics, Applied Physics? Thanks.