I am a student getting started with Tableau for the first time. My proficiency with ggplot2 is intermediate. I can create custom versions of the most popular kinds of charts in ggplot2 but nothing too fancy (and not very time-efficiently).
I am interested in creating more polished visuals of my data in Tableau. My ggplot2 ones aren't bad, but they are not what I would call aesthetically pleasing either.
What I would like to know is under what situations I should stick with ggplot2. The only advantages that come to mind with my current (albeit limited) understanding of Tableau is to keep my work reproducible and open source. ggplot2 is also probably more customizable, but I am continually impressed by Tableau's offerings as I learn to use it.
This question is not intended to be a flippant jab at ggplot2. As I did not hear any talk about Tableau in the academic circles I was in, I am wondering what obvious drawbacks to Tableau may exist that would explain its unpopularity there.