@MrMoody - There may be a smaller market for theoretical physicists, but I think that it’s one of the most fascinating careers for physics majors. Just because their work is theoretical doesn’t mean that it’s not grounded in fact. I think yesterday’s theories in science are today’s facts, like the theory of relativity.
I remember watching this program on public television about string theory and the nature of the universe. It was hosted by a theoretical physicist who had written a best-selling book on the subject. It was absolutely fascinating.
He explained technical concepts in an easy to understand manner with everyday illustrations, and the graphics were stunning. He later appeared on talk shows as well.
Of course, I realize that not every theoretical physicist is going to become famous, but we still need them out there to pique our interest into what lies beyond the edges of current scientific realities.