Directions: For this part, you are allowed 30 minutes to write a short essay entitled Education Pays based on the statistics provided inthe chart below (Weekly earnings of 2010).Please give a brief description of the chart first and then make comments on it. You should write at least 120 words but no morethan 180 words.
The column chart above clearly illustratesthe statistics of the weekly earnings of people with different educational backgrounds inthe United States in 2010. According to the data from U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, there wasa steady increase from $444 for people with less than a high school diploma to $1550 for thosewith a doctoral degree.
The reasons for this trend are as follows.In the first place, it has long been an accepted fact that a higher degree is apre-requisite for a promising career, or finding a good job. In the second place, in our highly competitivesociety, whether one is in China or the U.S., it
can be said that it is impossible for aperson to find a good job with a promising future without at least a college degree.
From the analysis given above, we maypredict that in order to remain competitive in the workplace as well as in salary, peoplein mounting numbers will return back to school to continue their higher education, eventhough they already have their college or university degrees. （180 words）