Before anyone starts their education for ANY career, they need to do lots of research, including:
- How much education will you need? (ie. an undergrad degree, or will I have to pursue post-grad to be seriously considered for employment? Can you afford it? Will you have to go back for any upgrading/reschooling at some point? If so, when & how much is the estimated cost?)
- What is the likihood of viable employment (Is there already a glut of people in the profession struggling for work? What is your competition?)
- What are the average salaries for this profession (in particular, starting salaries), and will it sustain the kind of lifestyle you want to lead? If not, will you have to take a second job of some kind to maintain it until you advance enough in your field to be able to command a higher salary
- Do you wish to work for a company or be self-employed? If you wish to be self-employed, have you spoken with individuals who have been doing this for some time to investigate the pros & cons, as well as getting some inside tips (ie. have you investigated with a lawyer & a banker the necessary steps to take to encorporate yourself (for both tax and liability purposes? How much will that cost?)
- What city or area of the country do you want to live in when you graduate, and what are employment opportunities (job availabilities, average salaries, room for advancement, etc.) like in that geographic area? If they aren't what you were hoping for, are you willing to relocate to another area that offers more opportunities in line with your career goals?
The good news is, you're only 19. If you feel like this isn't something you really want to do, there is still plenty of time to change your mind and pursue something that is both of interest to you AND viable as employment. Perhaps meeting with a counsellor at your college is in order.