You seem to be trying to build a path to an end goal without having an end goal. Figure out your end goal and then figure out the best path to get there. A college degree may or may not be part of the path, but nobody can give you their opinion w/o knowing your end goal. You should also consider your location when considering your path (something I did not do for a long time).
Also, I think it is fair to say that most 'job requirements' are more accurately described as 'job guidelines'.