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See also: Career

A list of career tracks in The Sims series.

Career tracks table[]

Career The Sims The Sims 2[1] The Sims 3 The Sims 4
Careers, professions, and self-employments
Acrobat TS3ST Icon
Adventurer The Sims 2 Seasons Icon
Alchemist Alchemist
Angler Angler
Animal care The Sims Unleashed
Architecture Architecture Architectural designer Interior decorator
Art appraiser TS3UL Icon
Artist The Sims 2 University Icon Painter TS4 Icon
Astronaut TS4 Icon
Astronomer TS3ITF Icon
Athletic Pro Athlete Athletic Professional Sports Athlete
Band Band
Bot arena TS3ITF Icon
Bot builder Bot builder
Business Business Business Business Business
Circus The Sims Unleashed
Civil designer TS4 EP9 Eco Lifestyle Icon
Conservationist TS4 EP7 Island Living Icon
Crafter TSCS Icon
Criminal Life of crime Criminal Criminal Criminal
Critic TS4 City Living Icon
Culinary Culinary arts Culinary Culinary Culinary
Dance The Sims 2 FreeTime Icon
Daycare TS3G Icon
Education Education Education Education Education
Engineer TS4 EP8 Discover University Icon
Entertainment Entertainment Entertainment Entertainment Entertainer
Fame Fame The Sims 2 University Icon
Fashion The Sims Unleashed TS3A Icon Style Influencer
Film TS3LN Icon TS4 EP6 GF Icon
Firefighter TS3A Icon
Fortune teller TS3SN Icon
Freelancer TS4 Icon
Game development TSLS Icon TS3UL Icon
Gamer The Sims 2 Seasons Icon
Gardener Gardener Gardener
Gatherer Gatherer
Ghost hunter TS3A Icon
Hacker The Sims Livin' Large
Horseman Horse(wo)man
Hunter Hunter
Intelligence The Sims 2 FreeTime Icon
Inventor Inventor
Investigator TS3A Icon
Journalism Journalism Journalism Journalism
Law Law Law
Law enforcement Law enforcement Law enforcement Law enforcement Detective
Lifeguard TS3IP Icon
Magician TS3ST Icon
Medicine Medicine Medicine Medical Doctor
Military Military Military Military Military
Music Musician Music Music
Natural scientist The Sims 2 University Icon
Nectar maker Nectar maker
Oceanography The Sims 2 FreeTime Icon
Paranormal Paranormal Paranormal
Photographer Photographer
Politics Politics Politics Political Politician
Salaryperson Salaryperson
Science Science Science Science Scientist
Scuba diver Scuba diver
Sculptor Sculptor
Secret agent TS4 Icon
Singer Singer
Slacker Slacker Slacker
Social media TS4 City Living Icon
Sports agent TS3UL Icon
Tech guru TS4 Icon
Writer Writer TS4 Icon
"Xtreme career" The Sims Icon
Part-time jobs
Alien test subject Alien test subject
Babysitter Babysitter
Barista Barista
Bookstore clerk TS3 Icon
Diver Diver
Fast Food Employee Fast food employee
Film Film
Fisherman Fisherman
Grocery store clerk TS3 Icon
Handyperson Handyperson
Lifeguard Lifeguard
Manual laborer Manual laborer
Mausoleum clerk TS3 Icon
Receptionist TS3 Icon
Retail employee Retail employee
Simfluencer Simfluencer
Spa specialist TS3 Icon
Video game streamer Video game streamer
Afterschool activities
Art Art
Ballet Ballet
Cheer team member TS4 EP12 High School Years Icon
Chess team member TS4 EP12 High School Years Icon
Computer team member TS4 EP12 High School Years Icon
Debate Debate
Drama club Drama TS4 EP6 GF Icon
E-sports competitor TS4 EP8 Discover University Icon
Football team member TS4 EP12 High School Years Icon
Music Music
Newspaper Newspaper
Scout Scouting Scout
Shop Shop
Sports Sports
Soccer team player TS4 EP8 Discover University Icon
Study Study
Pet careers
Security The Sims 2 Pets Icon
Service The Sims 2 Pets Icon
Showbiz The Sims 2 Pets Icon

The Sims[]

At level 10 of any career (except Fame), a chance card can appear that will move the Sim to a new job level in a different career track.

Icon Career Skills focus Chance Card movement EP
Business Logic, Charisma, Creativity, Body, Mechanical Pro Athlete — All Star (5)
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Entertainment Charisma, Creativity, Body, Mechanical Politics — Congressman/Congresswoman (7)
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Law Enforcement Logic, Body, Charisma, Creativity, Mechanical, Cooking Entertainment — TV Star (7)
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Life of Crime Creativity, Charisma, Body, Mechanical, Logic, Cooking Hacker — Security Consultant (5)
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Medicine Logic, Body, Mechanical, Charisma, Creativity Science — Inventor (7)
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Military Body, Mechanical, Logic, Charisma, Cooking Law Enforcement — SWAT Team Leader (8)
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Politics Logic, Charisma, Creativity, Body Medicine — Intern (4)
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Pro Athlete Body, Charisma, Cooking, Creativity, Mechanical "X-treme Career" — Mountain Climber (6)
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Science Logic, Creativity, Mechanical, Charisma, Cooking Life of Crime — Criminal Mastermind (10)
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"X-treme Career" Creativity, Body, Charisma, Mechanical, Logic, Cooking Military — Counter Intelligence (5)
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Hacker Creativity, Logic, Charisma, Mechanical Journalism — Newspaper Reporter (5)
The Sims Livin' Large
Journalism Charisma, Creativity, Logic, Body Slacker — Freelance Photographer (8)
The Sims Livin' Large
Musician Creativity, Charisma, Body, Mechanical, Logic Paranormal — Medium (5)
The Sims Livin' Large
Paranormal Charisma, Logic, Creativity, Mechanical, Body Business — Junior Executive (4)
The Sims Livin' Large
Slacker Charisma, Body, Mechanical Musician — Backup Musician (7)
The Sims Livin' Large
Animal Care Charisma, Body, Logic, Creativity, Mechanical, Cooking Entertainment — B-Movie Star (5)
The Sims Unleashed
Circus Charisma, Body, Creativity, Logic, Mechanical, Cooking Animal Care — Veterinarian (9)
The Sims Unleashed
Culinary Arts Cooking, Charisma, Creativity, Mechanical Science — Top Secret Researcher (8)
The Sims Unleashed
Education Logic, Creativity, Charisma, Cooking Business — President (8)
The Sims Unleashed
Fashion Charisma, Body, Creativity, Cooking, Mechanical Culinary Arts — Cookbook Author (8)
The Sims Unleashed
Fame Charisma, Creativity, Body No movement
The Sims Superstar

The Sims Bustin' Out[]

The Sims Bustin' Out for console careers[]

The Sims Bustin' Out for console free play careers[]

The Sims Bustin' Out for handheld careers[]

  • Mower Madness
  • Smoothie Slider
  • Powerlifter
  • Bait Flinger
  • Jam Session
  • Pizza Pandemonium
  • Cliff Diver X
  • Petri Dish

The Sims 2[]

TS2 Weekly Pay Curves

Similarly to careers in The Sims, the highest-paying career track changes between levels. This chart showcases the weekly pay for all careers in The Sims 2 and its expansions.

The Sims 2 base game careers[]

University careers[]

Pets careers (for pets)[]

Seasons careers[]

FreeTime careers[]

The Sims Stories[]

The Sims Life Stories[]

The Sims Castaway Stories[]

The Sims 2 console[]

The Sims 2 for console careers[]

The Sims 2 for PSP careers[]

  • Play SmackAGhoul Smack-A-Ghoul
  • Play Hoedown Howlin' Hoedown
  • Play Kine Service Kine Sunrise Ritual
  • Play YETI YETI

The Sims 2: Pets for console careers[]

The Sims 3[]

The Sims 3 base game careers[]

Ambitions careers[]

Late Night careers[]

  • Film career icon Film
    • Acting branch
    • Directing branch

Generations careers[]

Showtime careers[]

Supernatural careers[]

University Life careers[]

All new careers are connected to the new social groups:

Island Paradise careers[]

Into the Future careers[]

  • Astronomer career icon Astronomer
    • Astrophysicist branch
    • Space Explorer branch
  • Bot Arena career icon Bot Arena
    • Arena Official branch
    • Arena Mechanic branch

Part-time jobs[]

Base game
Late Night

Self-employed careers[]

The Sims 4[]

In The Sims 4, every off-world career has two branches, while every active career only has one. Sims also have the option to register as self-employed with the Ministry of Labor, which is completely open-ended with no career levels or branches. Patch 79 added the freelancer career, which allows Sims to work on their own time from home.

Career Branch Simoleons/Week Simoleons/Hour Hours/Day Days/Week
Education Administrator §325 6h 3d
Critic Arts Critic
Writer Author
Babysitter Babysitter
Barista Barista
Athlete Bodybuilder
Criminal Boss
Gardener Botanist
Politician Charity Organizer
Culinary Chef
Civil Designer Civic Planner
Entertainer Comedian
Engineer Computer Engineer
Military Covert Operator §422 8h 5d
Freelancer Crafter
Detective Detective
Secret Agent Diamond Agent
Freelancer Digital Artist
Diver Diver
Doctor Doctor
Conservationist Environmental Manager
Tech Guru eSport Gamer
Salaryperson Expert
Freelancer Fashion Photographer
Fast Food Employee Fast Food Employee
Fisherman Fisherman
Gardener Floral Designer
Critic Food Critic
Civil Designer Green Technician
Handyperson Handyperson
Interior Decorator Interior Decorator
Social Media Internet Personality
Astronaut Interstellar Smuggler
Business Investor
Writer Journalist
Law Judge
Lifeguard Lifeguard
Business Management
Manual Laborer Manual Laborer
Conservationist Marine Biologist
Painter Master of the Real
Engineer Mechanical Engineer
Culinary Mixologist
Entertainer Musician
Military Officer §422 8h 5d
Criminal Oracle
Freelancer Paranormal Investigator
Painter Patron of the Arts
Politician Politician
Law Private Attorney
Athlete Professional Athlete
Education Professor §265 6h 3d
Freelancer Programmer
Social Media Public Relations
Retail Employee Retail Employee
Scientist Scientist
Self-Employed Self-Employed
Simfluencer Simfluencer
Astronaut Space Ranger
Tech Guru Start-up Entrepreneur
Style Influencer Stylist
Salaryperson Supervisor
Style Influencer Trendsetter
Video Game Streamer Video Game Streamer
Secret Agent Villain
Freelancer Writer

The Sims 4 base game careers[]

  • TS4 Career Astronaut Astronaut
    • Space Ranger Branch
    • Interstellar Smuggler Branch
  • TS4 Career Athlete Athlete
    • Professional Athlete Branch
    • Bodybuilder Branch
  • TS4 Career Business Business
    • Management Branch
    • Investor Branch
  • TS4 Career Criminal Criminal
    • Boss Branch
    • Oracle Branch
  • TS4 Career Culinary Culinary
    • Chef Branch
    • Mixologist Branch
  • TS4 Career Entertainer Entertainer
    • Musician Branch
    • Comedian Branch
  • TS4 Career Freelancer Freelancer
    • Digital Artist Branch
    • Programmer Branch
    • Writer Branch
    • Fashion Photographer Branch[TS4:MS]
    • Crafter Branch[TS4:EL]
    • Paranormal Investigator Branch[TS4:PS]
  • TS4 Career Painter Painter
    • Master of the Real Branch
    • Patron of the Arts Branch
  • TS4 Career Secret Agent Secret Agent
    • Diamond Agent Branch
    • Villain Branch
  • TS4 Career Self-Employed Self-Employed
  • TS4 Career Style Influencer Style Influencer
    • Trendsetter Branch
    • Stylist Branch
  • TS4 Career Tech Guru Tech Guru
    • eSport Gamer Branch
    • Start-up Entrepreneur Branch
  • TS4 Career Writer Writer
    • Author Branch
    • Journalist Branch

Get to Work careers[]

City Living careers[]

  • TS4 Career Critic Critic
    • Arts Critic Branch
    • Food Critic Branch
  • TS4 Career Politician Politician
    • Politician Branch
    • Charity Organizer Branch
  • TS4 Career Social Media Social Media
    • Internet Personality Branch
    • Public Relations Branch

Seasons careers[]

  • TS4 Gardener career Gardener
    • Botanist Branch
    • Floral Designer Branch

Get Famous careers[]

StrangerVille careers[]

  • TS4 Career Military Military
    • Covert Operator Branch
    • Officer Branch

Island Living careers[]

Discover University careers[]

  • TS4 Education career Education
    • Administrator Branch
    • Professor Branch
  • TS4 Engineer career Engineer
    • Computer Engineer Branch
    • Mechanical Engineer Branch
  • TS4 Law career Law
    • Judge Branch
    • Private Attorney Branch

Eco Lifestyle careers[]

Snowy Escape careers[]

Dream Home Decorator careers[]

Part-time jobs[]

Teens can take a part-time job in addition to attending high-school, while older Sims can work up to two part-time jobs.

Base game
Island Living
High School Years
For Rent

Afterschool activities[]

Children and teens can enroll in an afterschool activity in addition to attending school. They function similarly to adult careers, except they are unpaid. Discover University adds two afterschool activities that are only available to university students.

Get Famous
Discover University
High School Years

Errands and odd jobs[]

Errands and odd jobs are introduced in Cottage Living and Island Living, respectively. They consist of small, once-off tasks Sims can complete for a few extra Simoleons.

The Sims Online[]


In this job, Sims go to work at a restaurant (different restaurant at higher levels in their career) and would take NPC's orders, place them in the ticket machine, and bring them their food when it was finished.

Robot Factory[]

In this job, Sims would have to operate and maintain machines in a factory to produce robots. Players were paid for every robot made.

Night Club[]

In this job, Sims would go to the club into the workers door and either work DJ or Dancer. They would be in competition with three other DJ/Dancer teams to get the most NPC guests in their area.