Being a professional photographer is certainly a lovely career if you can make it work, but it's not an easy field in which to be successful. That seems to have been confirmed by a recent report that names photography one of the 25 worst jobs in the country.
The study was conducted by 24/7 Wall Street using data from Career Cast and the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Their methodology used things like median income and future job growth as parameters to determine the rankings. The median wage for photographers came in about 10 percent under the overall median wage in the U.S., while photography jobs are expected to decline by 5.6 percent between 2016 and 2026, as opposed to an overall expected growth of 7 percent. This might not surprise you, as smartphones continue to enable non-photographers to get shots that are "good enough" in many circumstances. Further decline can be seen in the unfortunate trend of companies letting go of salaried employees in favor of hiring freelancers, a trend that goes far beyond photography, reaching into academia, the medical industry, and more. Of course, that's not to say one shouldn't go into the field, but it's certainly something worth considering carefully.
Lead image by Andre Furtado.