It sounds like you have a Class C misdemeanor conviction for theft on your record. A traffic ticket is a Class C misdemeanor, but this is for theft, so it's not exactly the same (i.e. if a job/college application asks "Have you ever been convicted of a crime other than a traffic citation, you'd have to put YES).
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Yes it will show up and it will show up as a class C misdemeanor--which is the same category of offense. But as pointed out by Mr. Hamer, if a question asks if you have been arrested, charged, or convicted of anything other than a traffic offense, you will have to tell them, "yes."
This case can show up in a thorough background check, even if it is a Class C misdemeanor. I agree with the other lawyers that you need to read the applications for jobs very carefully, and answer truthfully if they ask if you have been arrested or convicted of a criminal offense. And unfortuntely you have a conviciton since you chose to pay the fine and did not complete a deferred disposition.
In the future never never ever, take legal advice regarding your case from anyone (Judge, Friend, Parent, Child, Relative,Fellow cell mate, law student, prosecutor, neighbors parrot etc) WHO DOES NOT have an attorney-client relationship with you. WHY? well they may be well meaning BUT DO NOT have YOUR best interest at hand.