Careers in photography are interesting and diverse with a wide variety of options available. Most professional photographers will hold a degree or diploma in some form of imaging from digital imagery to graphics or even simply pure photography, although you can work as a photographer without being qualified it can be a distinct advantage.
Photographers are needed by a wide range of different industries, and although there are many freelance photographers there are also a large number of permanent full time positions with a wide choice of different subjects to choose from. Many different industries require photographers from travel to fashion and retail.
Entry level positions are often assistant-ships and as such attract a relatively low wage, however once you have experience and have created a name for yourself pay improves dramatically.
There are other benefits to a career in photography, not least pure enjoyment but also travel and job variety. There aren't many photography roles that require you to sit behind a desk for most of your day. Career development is mostly experience based, though there are courses that will help you to hone your technical skills. Networking is also a major part of becoming a successful photographer and building links within the industry is crucial.