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Yes, it definitely can be rewarding.
Like lots of endeavors, it depends on what you put into it.
I've flown with so-so pilots like me and I've flown with extremely dedicated gifted pilots that put 100 percent into their profession and career.
I will briefly start with the downside: Expensive to obtain your pilot ratings; Low wages first five years of employment; Lots of time away from home...not so good if you are trying to start a family. Can be a stressful work environment dealing with weather, time constraints and being responsible for your passenger's safety.
The upside: Working with very smart, dedicated professional people (men and women).
Your timing is excellent in that there is and will continue to be a pilot shortage for the next several years due in part to the explosive growth of aviation in under developed markets like China, Indonesia, Vietnam for example.
Being involved in a dynamic career field with new aviation technologies especially in the next 20 years. Excellent wages once you are a Captain or senior Copilot. A challenging work environment where your aviation skills will continuously evolve throughout your career.
As an aviator, you will encounter scary situations dealing with weather. It helps if you can deal with stress or high pressure situations and not be raddled easily. If you are anxious, nervous or timid about flying I would maybe think about another career field because to be honest, flying is not for the faint of heart. I was an average pilot and I got by. But I flew with men and women pilots that were naturals and could fly circles around me.
If you can afford it, try getting an initial flying lesson. If it seems like a natural fit for you, then go for it. And don't be discouraged by the old school flight instruments that many training aircraft have. That will get better as you progress, i.e., digital flight displays, etc.
If you decide to go for you private pilot certificate, at some point during that process try and find an aerobatic flight instructor that will give you an idea of what it's like to fly upside down or experience high g flight maneuvers. Spins are terrifying to some would-be pilots and an aerobatic instructor will introduce you to spins. If you can handle being upside down in an airplane or are ok with spin maneuvers then you might be on the right career track.
Another option for you to consider is to be a military pilot. But it's very difficult to get a pilot slot in the Air Force, Navy or Marines, or Coast Guard or Army. They have very high standards for their pilot candidates including high health standards. If you don't have 20/20 vision correctable or you are color blind, they won't accept you. Same deal if you have some other physical issues like cardiac issues, etc. If you do get lucky enough to be selected, military flight training is very intense and stressful. But you will have the best training you could possibly get. It does take a 10 year sign up too. Be aware that there are options if you go the military route in that you can get into the regular military or a guard or reserve unit. You can do research on that if you are interested.
Another aviation career field you might consider is being a helicopter pilot. However as a civilian paying out of pocket for helicopter pilot training is very expensive. Getting into the military would be your best bet there. The military refers to their pilots as either fixed wing or rotary wing (helicopters) pilots and all branches have helicopter pilots last i heard.
Feel free to ask my any other questions you might have about being a pilot.
Good luck to you!