Career Development Center

"Career development refers to the lifelong psychological and behavioral processes as well as contextual influences shaping one’s career over the life span. As such, career development involves the person’s creation of a career pattern, decision-making style, integration of life roles, values expression, and life-role self-concepts.” -Herr, E.L., & Cramer, S. H. 

Check out the many services that career services has to offer. We assist future students, current students and alumni, as well as employers in many different ways. The office also oversees the operation of the financial aid, college and career planning lab. If you need more information about a program or service that we offer, please contact the career services office at (417) 255-7230, come see us in Looney Hall or email at

Does your career choice look promising for the future?

Check it out the resources on our Career Projections page.
It also includes information concerning the best paying jobs in Missouri as well as jobs in decline!

What major and degree do you need for the career you've chosen?

Majors Information


Alumni of the University can utilize the career services office for assistance during the job search process. The services offered include assistance with resume development, access to resource materials regarding job search tips and possible resume referral service. In addition, alumni can contact the office for more information about attending future career day or teacher placement day events. In addition, if you would like to be added to our mailing list for job postings or the announcement of events, please email

Also, be sure and checkout the Missouri State University-West Plains office of development and alumni relations for information with regard to alumni.


Seth Bryant

Seth BryantAssistant Principal

West Plains Middle School

Stay locally, yet meet your goals. You are not a number here. The instructors know you by name and care about you.

Josh Cotter

Josh CotterAssistant Director/Adult Coordinator

South Central Career Center

The thing I like most about Missouri State-West Plains is the family atmosphere, where the student services are second to none.

Andrew Roth

Andrew RothRegistered Nurse

May 2009 Graduate

I'm convinced that there is no better Nursing program for the type of students we have here in the Ozarks.