there are benifits to working for a larger company - where you are entry level - they will train you and provide you the needed equipment ( laptop, software, camera, measureing tape ect.. most likely a vehciel due to the travel) Pay grade is good for your area to start in the field. I think you are right and this may be a good way for you to start and learn about the industry, while still going to school part time for your degree.
your decision on the avenue you pursue - i wish you all the best
just some info when you are looking for openings:
Adjuster is inside/outside file handler and works the claim from taking statements to issuing payment to determining fault/liability ect... depending on the company will determine the scope of responsibiity
Appraiser is an outside estimator who looks at cars, boats, campers ect.. and takes photos, writes estimate - total loss; some companies require them to issue checks for estimated amount/work the drive in ect... depens on the company as to what the scope of responsibiilty is
Departement of Insurance Website for California will have good info for regulation in your state - Note: Independent Insurance Adjuster licenses expire every two years on May 31st of even years - a larger company will often times keep this up for you by providing CEU credit courses vs as an independent you are required to do this on your own
Check back as i am sure others will read your entry and comment or offer their take and the more input the better!