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ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

A recent study released by the state policy resource center confirms what we've known all along.

Officials say the higher the education; the greater the benefit.

"As we've moved from a manufacturing to a knowledge economy. It's very important for people to continue their education," says Dean of Advancement for Darton Tracy Goode.

The study breaks down salaries across the country based on levels of education.

In Georgia, those numbers in are sync with other states.

On average a high school graduate makes about $27,000 dollars a year, but the salary reaches almost $50,000 with a bachelors degree.

"Studies show that people stay at work longer and the unemployment rates are half of what they are for a college degree as if you only had a high school degree," says Goode.

And students say the benefits are far greater than any monetary value.

"College for me was a step to bettering my social working career," says college student Chavarla Toalbert.

Toalbert is a freshman at Darton who went straight into the work force after high school. But she quickly saw the benefit of obtaining a college education.

"I feel like getting a college degree will help in so many ways because of the fact that many of the jobs, you have to have a diploma and a college degree. Not many jobs are just taking a diploma by itself."

And officials say post-secondary education is the way of the future.

"Research says that by the year 2020, 60 percent of the jobs in Georgia will require some form of degree whether it's a certificate, or an associates, or a bachelors degree so it's important for Georgians and for people across the United States to really work hard," says Goode.

The study shows Georgians who earn a graduate degree can expect to earn more than $63,000 a year.

The study also shows, with each increasing diploma you receive, potential salaries for graduates increase by at least $10,000 a year.

To see the full report click here.

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