I would suggests care in this area. There is science, and then there is science. Those forms of “science” which have direct impact on someone’s bottom line have become very corrupt. Good books on this are David Michaels’ Doubt is their Product and David Lewis’ Science for Sale. Michaels is deputy head of the labor in OSHA and Lewis was our great defender on the sewage sludge issue. Areas in which great care should be taken include medicine, dentistry, toxicology, nutrition, agriculture, and economics. Fields like chemistry and physics have been immune due to the remoteness of basic science, but we have been seeing what happens when a field like climate science (a subfield of physics) begins to have uncomfortable implications. Look at what was going on with Willie Soon. They are doing their damnedest to tame the field, but it takes corruption a while to do it’s work.
As for Mr. Ernie Moniz, who you see in the picture that goes with this article - well, there’s not much money for fundamental physics any more as the whole field has been shrinking since the '80’s. He is now very much in bed with the gas industry. I’ll add that from direct personal experience, Moniz was a rather shockingly anti-intellectual character. A technician. A mind probably well suited to becoming a technocrat.