Career track

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This is the list of career tracks in The Sims series. A career track is a field of work that normally consists of 10 levels. Meanwhile, part-time jobs only reach up to level 3, while daycare profession in The Sims 3: Generations reach up to level 5.

Some career tracks are recurring throughout the series, such as business, although sometimes they may be featured within a content pack. It is common that a career track is named differently between the series even though they share a similar theme such as pro athlete in The Sims, athletic in The Sims 2, professional sports in The Sims 3, and athlete in The Sims 4. It's also noted that at some point in The Sims 3, career track naming theme has shifted into using the occupation's title (e.g. fortune teller) as opposed to using the subject of the field (e.g. fortune telling). This is more apparent in The Sims 4, with career tracks being named athlete, entertainer, and scientist when compared to the previous series.

The Sims[edit | edit source]

In The Sims, a Sim at the top of a career track will eventually get moved to another.
The career tracks don't have a clear hierarchy from best to worst, but they do have a clear best and a clear worst.
Career Notes EP
Animal care
Culinary arts
Fame Active career
Law enforcement
Life of crime
Pro athlete

The Sims Bustin' Out[edit | edit source]

The Sims Bustin' Out for console careers[edit | edit source]

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

The Sims Bustin' Out for handheld careers[edit | edit source]

The Sims 2[edit | edit source]

Icon Career Notes EP
Adventurer &EP05
Architecture &EP07
Artist Requires college degree &EP01
Athletic &BG
Business &BG
Criminal &BG
Culinary &BG
Dance &EP07
Education &EP05
Entertainment &EP07
Gamer &EP05
Intelligence &EP07
Journalism &EP05
Law &EP05
Law enforcement &BG
Medicine &BG
Athletic &BG
Music &EP05
Natural scientist Requires college degree &EP01
Oceanography &EP07
Paranormal Requires college degree &EP01
Politics &BG
Science &BG
Show business Requires college degree &EP01
Slacker &BG

Pet careers[edit | edit source]

In addition to regular careers, The Sims 2: Pets featured pet career for pets. Pets are required to learn tricks in order to get promoted, and each promotion will unlock extra fur color or collar in Create-a-Pet.

Icon Career EP
Security &EP04
Service &EP04
Show biz &EP04

The Sims Stories[edit | edit source]

The Sims Life Stories[edit | edit source]

Icon Career EP
Game development

The Sims Castaway Stories[edit | edit source]

Icon Career EP

The Sims 2 console[edit | edit source]

The Sims 2 for console careers[edit | edit source]

The Sims 2: Pets for console careers[edit | edit source]

The Sims 3[edit | edit source]

Icon Career Branch Notes EP
Acrobat Active career &EP06
Architectural designer Active career &EP02
Art appraiser
  • Acquisition branch
  • Appraisal branch
Requires level 10 jock social group &EP09
  • Astrophysicist branch
  • Space explorer branch
Bot arena
  • Arena official branch
  • Arena mechanic branch
Business &BG
  • Evil branch
  • Thief branch
Culinary &BG
Daycare Active career &EP04
Education &EP02
  • Acting branch
  • Directing branch
Firefighter Active career &EP02
Fortune teller
  • Mystic branch
  • Scam artist branch
Ghost hunter Active career &EP02
Investigator Active career &EP02
Journalism &BG
Law enforcement
  • Special agent branch
  • Forensic analyst branch
Lifeguard Active career &EP10
Magician Active career &EP06
Medical &BG
Military &BG
  • Rock branch
  • Symphonic branch
Political &BG
Professional sports &BG
Science &BG
Singer Active career &EP06
Sports agent Requires level 10 rebel social group &EP09
Stylist Active career &EP02
Video game developer
  • Engineer branch
  • Game artist branch
Requires level 10 nerd social group &EP09

Part-time jobs[edit | edit source]

Part-time jobs have short working hour. They allow Sims to have more free time, but Sims can only reach up to level 3 in addition to having low pay.

Icon Career Notes EP
Alien test subject For aliens only &EP08
Bookstore clerk &BG
Film &EP03
Grocery store clerk &BG
Mausoleum clerk &BG
Receptionist &BG
Spa specialist &BG

Self-employed careers[edit | edit source]

Sims who are skilled in certain skills may register themselves as self-employed. Self-employed Sims are not tied to work hour, and their job level is progressed by earning money related to their skill, e.g. selling fish as an angler.

Icon Career EP
Angler &BG
Band &EP03
Bot builder &EP11
Gardener &BG
Horseman &EP05
Inventor &EP02
Nectar maker &EP01
Painter &BG
Photographer &EP01
Scuba diver &EP10
Sculptor &EP02
Writer &BG

The Sims 4[edit | edit source]

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.

Icon Career Branch Notes EP
Actor Active career &EP06
  • Space ranger branch
  • Interstellar smuggler branch
  • Professional athlete branch
  • Bodybuilder branch
  • Management branch
  • Investor branch
Civil designer
  • Civic planner branch
  • Green technician branch
  • Environmental manager branch
  • Marine biologist branch
  • Boss branch
  • Oracle branch
  • Arts critic branch
  • Food critic branch
  • Chef branch
  • Mixologist branch
Detective Active career &EP01
Doctor Active career &EP01
  • Administrator branch
  • Professor branch
  • Computer engineer branch
  • Mechanical engineer branch
  • Musician branch
  • Comedian branch
  • Digital artist branch
  • Programmer branch
  • Writer branch
  • Fashion photographer branch[TS4:MS]
  • Crafter branch[TS4:EL]
  • Paranormal investigator branch[TS4:PS]
  • Botanist branch
  • Floral designer branch
Interior decorator Active career &GP10
  • Judge branch
  • Private attorney branch
  • Covert operator branch
  • Officer branch
  • Master of the real branch
  • Patron of the arts branch
  • Politician branch
  • Charity organizer branch
  • Expert branch
  • Supervisor branch
Scientist Active career &EP01
Secret agent
  • Diamond agent branch
  • Villain branch
Self-employed &BG
Social media
  • Internet personality branch
  • Public relations branch
Style influencer
  • Trendsetter branch
  • Stylist branch
Tech guru
  • eSport gamer branch
  • Start-up entrepreneur branch
  • Author branch
  • Journalist branch

Part-time jobs and afterschool activities[edit | edit source]

Teens can take a part-time job in addition to attending high-school, while older Sims can work up to two part-time jobs. Children and teens can enroll in an afterschool activity in addition to attending school. They function similarly to adult careers, except they are unpaid and only take place on the weekends. Discover University adds two afterschool activities that are only available to university students.

Icon Career Notes EP
Babysitter Part-time job &BG
Barista Part-time job &BG
Cheer team member Afterschool activity for teens &EP12
Chess team member Afterschool activity for teens &EP12
Computer team member Afterschool activity for teens &EP12
Diver Part-time job &EP07
Drama club Afterschool activity for children and teens &EP06
E-sports competitor Afterschool activity for university students &EP08
Fast food employee Part-time job &BG
Fisherman Part-time job &EP07
Football team member Afterschool activity for teens &EP12
Lifeguard Part-time job &EP07
Manual laborer Part-time job &BG
Retail employee Part-time job &BG
Scout Afterschool activity for children and teens &EP05
Simfluencer Part-time job &EP12
Soccer team player Afterschool activity for university students &EP08
Video game streamer Part-time job &EP12

Odd jobs and errands[edit | edit source]

Odd jobs and errands are introduced in The Sims 4: Island Living and The Sims 4: Cottage Living, respectively. They consist of small, once-off tasks Sims can complete for a few extra Simoleons.

The Sims Online[edit | edit source]


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.

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