Missouri Connections helps students (grades 7–20), parents, and adults open the door to educational planning and career exploration. Discover and explore career interests, find technical schools and colleges, search jobs, build a résumé and more with free tools sponsored by the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.
An apprenticeship is an excellent way to enter a new career field in the skilled trades. The federal government maintains a list of qualified apprenticeship programs that can be searched by area or by career focus.
The Family Wage Calculator charts county–by–county
the actual costs of making ends meet without any public or private supports. Since the calculator is tied to the poverty threshold, most Missourians will not want to live on as tight a budget as this calculator assumes, but gives teachers and parents an opening to talk about the importance of planning well for the future.
Missouri Career Source provides job search tools and job listings throughout Missouri. Also, residents can find information about the Missouri Career Centers in their region through the website, then schedule an appointment with the center nearest them for help with résumé writing, interview skills and knowledge of basic office equipment.
Information on occupations throughout the state, including wage and salary statistics and expected annual openings, can be found on the website of the Missouri Economic Research and Information Center. The occupational information on the MERIC
website includes statewide and regional employment projections and statistics.