What Are Pros and Cons of Being a Photographer?

Some pros of being a photographer are that these professionals get to use their creativity, can choose an area that interests them (such as fashion, medical or advertising photography), can work in several industries or be self-employed and usually require little formal education. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, some cons are that job growth for the field is projected to be slow through 2022, and travel may be required for photo shoots.

Although photographers get a lot of freedom in where they choose to work, they may have to work long hours and be willing to take pictures during irregular hours. They may also need to be able to lift heavy items. Scientific photographers may also have to earn a bachelor's degree, and other photographers often take classes.