First, congrats on your choosing to do your career research on Architecture. As you do your research, you will find Architecture to be a rewarding and challenging career.
To best address your questions, I am attaching a few resources for you to review --
Occupational Outlook Handbook
Becoming an Architect
To the extent possible, you should try to contact an architect in your hometown to ask the same questions.
Best to you as your complete your research.