Greetings to all,
I am an undergraduate physics major set to graduate at the end of this year and I am currently considering my options for grad school. Although I haven't taken the PGRE yet looking at the profiles on this forum I feel confident that I will be able to get into a well ranked graduate program, but my concern is what will I do with a Ph.D in physics? Much of the research I have done as an undergraduate has been what most schools would consider applied physics or EE (experimental radar research for the army) and my supervisors (who are physics faculty) have encouraged me to go to engineering grad school instead of physics because of my career goals. I would like to work as a researcher for the government or a private company (Lockhead, GE, etc.), though not necessarily in the field I am currently involved in.
When I look at current employment opportunities in these sectors (granted they are few these days) I usually see that they require a degree in engineering, although some offers list "degree in engineering, chemistry, physics, or related discipline". I was wondering if anyone on these forums had some advice for where to look for jobs hiring physics majors. I love studying physics but I despise academia and would rather continue my current job of delivering pizza than become a professor (no offense to the future professors on this site, just my opinion ) and it seems to me that this is where the majority of Physics Ph.D's end up. Any insight and/or flame posts would be greatly appreciated.