Sorry for the delay. If you can get a "no contest" plea, it will prevent a guilty plea and be more favorable in the long run.
As for employment, background checks, etc, if a criminal record
check is done, it will appear. Misdemeanors usually don't carry that much weight and can be explained away as a youthful (or other) indiscretion after some time. It really depends on the job you seek. For instance, your days of being in the CIA are probably done, as are alot of higher end jobs that require a spotless record. However, you can be the CEO of any company or pretty much get the vast majority of other jobs out there. You just have to honestly disclose it if asked. And read the question carefully. It may simply ask to disclose felonoes or crimes you were convicted of, etc.
Look, I was in a fraternity and know a bunch of guys that this or "Minor in possession," or similar things happened to. It is something you need to be serious about and face head on, but it is not that big of a deal in the long run. It happens. Explain your mistake to the court
and prosecutor and I am sure they will try to be reasonable... better yet, if you can afford an attorney, have them work a deal with the State.
Let me know if there is something else I have overlooked.