Any person who is considering a career in academia, should consider it a very good career choice. While all careers have their highlights and their problems, academia's highlights, far out weigh potential problems. Passing on knowledge can be an amazing experience, secondly those who work in the field often retire with excellent retirement packages.
I believe that academia can be an excellent career for those individuals that have an interest in academics. The rate of pay is better then average, and the stability is very good for these jobs. However, if you do not hold a strong interest in academia, then I would not recommend a career in academia at all.