Rohnert Park, California
Four years of college would be good for ANY career! (Exclamation point)
I got my start as a photographer for my college newspaper and yearbook. It taught me to see things and to see and appreciate light, shadow and color. But my college diploma has been the biggest help to me over the years. After college, I worked in the darkroom of a portrait studio n (they had dark rooms then), was assistant to an commercial photographer until I was drafted into the army (they had the draft then) where I was an army combat photographer, and became a buyer for the camera department of a retail store.
It turned out that, while I loved photography, I had a difficult time finding a way to make a good living from it. Few do. But the college degree got me into retail buying (camera equipment and film, radios, records, TVs, stereos) and, later, into being a stockbroker. I continued to enjoy photography, mostly travel and family photos during my 40+ working years. I'm retired now with a good retirement nest-egg and have started my own portrait business doing what I love without the necessity of feeding a family.
It's been a great 50 years since I graduated from high school and photography has been a big part of that. But get a degree in something -- anything. You'll use it. Things change. When I graduated from high school there was TV but only in black and white on 18 inch screens, there was no internet and no pocket-sized phones. Enormous changes! And you can expect the same during your career.