Why Study Physics?
You will almost certainly get a job. A bachelors degree in physics is one of the most versatile degrees that a college graduate can obtain. Physics is fundamental and forms the basis for other science degrees such as chemistry and the engineering disciplines (e.g. electrical, mechanical, chemical). A degree in physics is a good indication that a person has the underlying skills to accomplish many of the projects of interest to employers in industry. In the St. Louis region alone there are a large number of employers in the semiconductor (SunEdison), aerospace (Boeing), defense (Essex Industries), and technology industries (Emerson). There is also a rapidly growing high tech startup community centered around Midtown in the Cortex complex, fueled by venture capital. These companies all value the flexibility and skillset of young physicists. In fact, our department has placed many of our undergraduates and graduate students into local industry.
For more in-depth analysis of why physics is a great degree to have and to see many more examples of where jobs are available, go to the American Physical Society's web page on becoming a physicist.