I should be getting my physics phD in a year. I wouldn't say I will have done a great job of it. The earlier years were spent more on writing software, and in the later years I find the research to be contrived. I have my name on two papers, and I'm trying to write my first first author paper. I definitely enjoy textbook problems and teaching and writing software, but research on simulating different dopants in transition metals in Fe-superconductors is unenlightening, unfocused, and boring. I think I would rather work on some sort of product design. I'm looking to move out of academia (i.e. not do post-doc .. i mean, I will if i HAVE to), and I don't want to work 80-hour weeks like a quant (i.e. have a life) What other options are there that would utilize the skills of a physics phD? (As a backup case, I could be a community college instructor.) P.S. Thanks for any advice on this, .. feel free to add your own apprehensions or experiences.