There is no getting around the fact that getting a good education is an expensive endeavor. And because the economy is still lagging somewhat, many are seeing a large number of college graduates entering the workforce either as bartenders or wait staff, and that’s if they can obtain employment at all. These scenarios leave some people to wonder whether the pursuit of higher education is worth the time, money, and effort in the first place. To address these questions, consider these recent statistics from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Graduates who hold a bachelor’s degree earn an average of 30% more than those with only a high school diploma. And those who hold a master’s degree can expect to receive roughly 48% more. Based on these vital statistics, the conclusion can be made that earning a college degree is still well worth the effort.