It depends. Most employers will not hold a misdemeanor charge against you. However, as the job market gets more competitive more employers are taking criminal records into account.
It is becoming more common for an employer to refuse to hire a person if they are convicted of certain types of misdemeanors such as petit theft or possession of marijuana. Some restaurants will not hire you if you have been convicted of misdemeanors such as possession of alcohol underage or selling alcohol to a minor. If you are a home health aide or nurse, misdemeanor charges of battery or assault may keep you from getting a job or a keeping your license. Domestic charges can keep you from working with children in a school or daycare.
In these changing times a misdemeanor can be considered a big deal. Don’t risk it. If you have been arrested or charged with a misdemeanor offense make sure you contact a qualified attorney. They can represent your interests and protect your rights!