Training and Education

Why Seek Training?

Most jobs require some education or training beyond a high school diploma. Some jobs require short-term training and industry-recognized credentials, while others require traditional educational programs like associate’s and bachelor’s degrees. Apprenticeships may also be an option.

Lifelong learning is also necessary to stay current in your career. Additional training to continue along a career pathway will be important for on-going job success.

Choosing a training program is an important decision. In addition to job interests, you should know what work outcomes to expect from training. Customizable wage and employment reports can help you learn about the Top Paying and Most Popular programs in Missouri. See All Program Work Outcomes to explore more options and outcomes. If you know your school already see Program Work Outcomes by School.

Search All Programs to find specific details on tuition and other important information to help you make a decision.

Exploring Careers?

It is important to find a job and career pathway that fits your interests and strengths while providing a reasonable living. See Missouri's Top Jobs for a quick look at in-demand occupations.

Missouri Connections can assist with in-depth career research. This site has interest assessments and details about different occupations, such as common work activities, working conditions, and the skills needed to be successful.

You can also visit your local Job Center to learn more about local career options.

How to Pay for Training and Education?

Training assistance may be available to those who are unemployed or underemployed, seeking employment in high-growth occupations or seeking employment in high-demand occupations.

Assistance is also available for eligible individuals to complete formal educational programs. Examples of formal educational programs include:  basic math and reading, GED or high school equivalency preparation, English as a Second Language, training for industry-recognized credentials, or an associate or bachelor’s degree.

To learn more about these options, visit your local Job Center.