What is job security like for a physics major?

I started college as a physics major, because I didn't really know what I wanted to do, and I figured that if I could do Physics, I could do anything. My parents and friends have been pressuring me to switch, because they don't think I'll be able to find a job with it. I've talked to advisers around school, and they all insist that there are plenty of jobs I can go into, but I don't think they're advice is all that helpful, seeing as to how they also insist that History degrees are useful, when all of the History majors I know are unable to find jobs. Any physics majors here with experience dealing with job searches? I'm thinking about just switching to Engineering, since it's similar enough that I'll still enjoy it, and I'll at least know that I can find a job with it. I always fantasized about being a research scientist, but to do that, I'd have to get a graduate degree, and even then, I don't know how good my chances of finding a job are. And if I changed my mind after I graduated, I don't know what I'd do with the undergrad degree on its own. I need specifics here guys, preferably personal stories, or statistics. I don't want the "oh you have plenty of choices" speech, because that's the same one they give for every degree, no matter how useless it is. I don't want the "if you're in it for the money.." speech, because I'm not looking to get into something I hate just because I want to make a lot of money. I know that it's more important to like your job than it is to make a lot of money, but in order to like my job, I'd have to actually have one. I don't want to graduate and then end up working at McDonalds because nobody will hire me.

Asked By: - 9/29/2011
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I majored in physics as an undergraduate. Then I graduated into a recession and was unemployed for a very long time. I had to live with my parents for about a year after graduation. It was horrible. So in graduate school I switched to biomedical engineering. The latter is a much better choice. My career has been... More
Answered By: ASUGRAD - 10/2/2011
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There is no job security in ANY field when the employer is sinking. It is all relative. A graduate in Physics has more security or choice or chance of getting a job than say a someone with major in History or Arts or Language. This is from my personal experience as a Math major, ended working as a Senior Auditor... More
Answered By: jaramogi - 9/29/2011
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