The average college student graduates with about $40,000 dollars in debt, and that four-year degree doesn’t always lead to a job right away. That’s why more and more students are looking at technical trade programs, often graduating with less student debt and more job offers than their peers. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, there has been a consistent climb in technical trade openings. As of this summer, BLS data showed there were about 300,000 openings in the U.S. construction industry, which includes electricians, plumbers and HVAC professionals. While the manufacturing sector recorded close to 500,000 openings across the country.