Or it should be said that it is applied physics that you get paid to do. I had often heard that physics can be the backdoor to engineering. There is much overlap between the 2 fields of study.
METAMIA is a free database of analogy and metaphor. Anyone can contribute or search. The subject matter can be anything. Science is popular, but poetry is encouraged. The goal is to integrate our fluid muses with the stark literalism of a relational database. Metamia is like a girdle for your muses, a cognitive girdle.