Many hobbyist photographers dream of one day becoming professional, but here’s something that may give you pause: “photographer” has been named one of the 25 worst jobs in the USA.
“Photographer” came in at #25: the Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that photographers reported median annual wages of $34,000, which comes in under the $37,690 median wage of all US jobs.
And while the average job in the US is projected to have employment growth of 7% in the decade between 2016 to 2026, the Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts that photography jobs will decline by about 5.6% in that same span.
“Thanks to camera-equipped smartphones some aspects of photography are more accessible for nonprofessionals,” 24/7 Wall St. writes. “Other photography jobs could be eliminated as companies choose to hire freelancers rather than keeping salaried photographers on their payrolls.”
And in case you’re wondering what the #1 worst job in the list is, it’s “taxi driver,” a job that has a median income of $25,980 and is being threatened by the likes of Uber and Lyft.