I was recently laid off and have decided to start a new career and I'm leaning heavily toward landscaping. I'm 38 and have a family so I need something that can be lucrative fairly quickly... here are my thoughts. I can get an associate's degree in landscaping from a local technical college while working part-time doing lawn and site maintenance. I could add basic landscaping to my services and possibly pursue additional education for a 4 year degree. Any comments, advice, or recommendations on 2 vs. 4 year degrees in landscaping? Or on a career in landscaping? What other resources are available for related subjects like horticulture? There is a nearby university, NC State, that offers both 4 year and Masters degrees in landscaping but the design school is fairly difficult to get admitted to (or so I've heard) and the tuition would make things very tough on the family. I have no problem getting my hands dirty but ultimately I want to run a business not be my own employee. I have twelve years experience running businesses so I have that going for me. Any comments from locals (Raleigh area, North Carolina) are especially welcome. Thanks for any assistance.