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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 The Sims Unleashed.gif
Business The Sims Icon.png
Circus The Sims Unleashed.gif
Culinary arts The Sims Unleashed.gif
Education The Sims Unleashed.gif
Entertainment The Sims Icon.png
Fame Active career The Sims Superstar.gif
Fashion The Sims Unleashed.gif
Hacker The Sims Livin' Large.gif
Journalism The Sims Livin' Large.gif
Law enforcement The Sims Icon.png
Life of crime The Sims Icon.png
Medicine The Sims Icon.png
Military The Sims Icon.png
Musician The Sims Livin' Large.gif
Paranormal The Sims Livin' Large.gif
Politics The Sims Icon.png
Pro athlete The Sims Icon.png
Science The Sims Icon.png
Slacker The Sims Livin' Large.gif
Xtreme The Sims Icon.png

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 career.png Adventurer &EP05
The Sims 2 Seasons Icon.png
Architecture career.png Architecture &EP07
The Sims 2 FreeTime Icon.png
Art.png Artist Requires college degree &EP01
The Sims 2 University Icon.png
Athletics career.png Athletic &BG
The Sims 2 Icon.png
Business career.png Business &BG
The Sims 2 Icon.png
Criminal career.png Criminal &BG
The Sims 2 Icon.png
Culinary career.png Culinary &BG
The Sims 2 Icon.png
Dance career.png Dance &EP07
The Sims 2 FreeTime Icon.png
Education career.png Education &EP05
The Sims 2 Seasons Icon.png
Entertainment career.png Athletic &EP07
The Sims 2 FreeTime Icon.png
Gamer career.png Gamer &EP05
The Sims 2 Seasons Icon.png
Intelligence career.png Intelligence &EP07
The Sims 2 FreeTime Icon.png
Journalism career.png Journalism &EP05
The Sims 2 Seasons Icon.png
Law career.png Law &EP05
The Sims 2 Seasons Icon.png
Law Enforcement career.png Law enforcement &BG
The Sims 2 Icon.png
Medicine career.png Medicine &BG
The Sims 2 Icon.png
Military career.png Athletic &BG
The Sims 2 Icon.png
Music career.png Music &EP05
The Sims 2 Seasons Icon.png
Natural Scientist career.png Natural scientist Requires college degree &EP01
The Sims 2 University Icon.png
Oceanography career.png Oceanography &EP07
The Sims 2 FreeTime Icon.png
Paranormal career.png Paranormal Requires college degree &EP01
The Sims 2 University Icon.png
Politics career.png Politics &BG
The Sims 2 Icon.png
Science career.png Science &BG
The Sims 2 Icon.png
Show Business career.png Show business Requires college degree &EP01
The Sims 2 University Icon.png
Slacker career.png Slacker &BG
The Sims 2 Icon.png

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 pet.png Security &EP04
The Sims 2 Pets Icon.png
Service pet.png Service &EP04
The Sims 2 Pets Icon.png
Showbiz pet.png Show biz &EP04
The Sims 2 Pets Icon.png

The Sims Stories[edit | edit source]

The Sims Life Stories[edit | edit source]

Icon Career EP
LS Entertainment career.png Entertainment TSLS Icon.png
LS Gamer career.png Game development TSLS Icon.png

The Sims Castaway Stories[edit | edit source]

Icon Career EP
Crafter career.png Crafter TSCS Icon.png
Gatherer career.png Gatherer TSCS Icon.png
Hunter career.png Hunter TSCS Icon.png

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 career icon.png Acrobat Active career &EP06
TS3ST Icon.png
Architectural Designer career icon.png Architectural designer Active career &EP02
TS3A Icon.png
Art Appraiser career icon.png Art appraiser
  • Acquisition branch
  • Appraisal branch
Requires level 10 jock social group &EP09
TS3UL Icon.png
Astronomer career icon.png Astronomer
  • Astrophysicist branch
  • Space explorer branch
&EP11
TS3ITF Icon.png
Bot Arena career icon.png Bot arena
  • Arena official branch
  • Arena mechanic branch
&EP11
TS3ITF Icon.png
Business career icon.png Business &BG
TS3 Icon.png
Criminal career icon.png Criminal
  • Evil branch
  • Thief branch
&BG
TS3 Icon.png
Culinary career icon.png Culinary &BG
TS3 Icon.png
Daycare career icon.png Daycare Active career &EP04
TS3G Icon.png
Education career icon.png Education &EP02
TS3A Icon.png
Film career icon.png Film
  • Acting branch
  • Directing branch
&EP03
TS3LN Icon.png
Firefighter career icon.png Firefighter Active career &EP02
TS3A Icon.png
Fortune Teller career icon.png Fortune teller
  • Mystic branch
  • Scam artist branch
&EP07
TS3SN Icon.png
Ghost Hunter career icon.png Ghost hunter Active career &EP02
TS3A Icon.png
Investigator career icon.png Investigator Active career &EP02
TS3A Icon.png
Journalism career icon.png Journalism &BG
TS3 Icon.png
Law Enforcement career icon.png Law enforcement
  • Special agent branch
  • Forensic analyst branch
&BG
TS3 Icon.png
Lifeguard career icon.png Lifeguard Active career &EP10
TS3IP Icon.png
Magician career icon.png Magician Active career &EP06
TS3ST Icon.png
Medical career icon.png Medical &BG
TS3 Icon.png
Military career icon.png Military &BG
TS3 Icon.png
Music career icon.png Music
  • Rock branch
  • Symphonic branch
&BG
TS3 Icon.png
Political career icon.png Political &BG
TS3 Icon.png
Professional Sports career icon.png Professional sports &BG
TS3 Icon.png
Science career icon.png Science &BG
TS3 Icon.png
Singer career icon.png Singer Active career &EP06
TS3ST Icon.png
Sports Agent career icon.png Sports agent Requires level 10 rebel social group &EP09
TS3UL Icon.png
Stylist career icon.png Stylist Active career &EP02
TS3A Icon.png
Video Game Developer career icon.png Video game developer
  • Engineer branch
  • Game artist branch
Requires level 10 nerd social group &EP09
TS3UL Icon.png

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
Science career icon.png Alien test subject For aliens only &EP08
TS3S Icon.png
Bookstore Clerk.png Bookstore clerk &BG
TS3 Icon.png
Film career icon.png Film &EP03
TS3LN Icon.png
Grocery Clerk.png Grocery store clerk &BG
TS3 Icon.png
Mausoleum Clerk.png Mausoleum clerk &BG
TS3 Icon.png
Spa Clerk.png Receptionist &BG
TS3 Icon.png
Spa Clerk.png Spa specialist &BG
TS3 Icon.png

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
Fishing skill icon.png Angler &BG
TS3 Icon.png
Band career icon.png Band &EP03
TS3LN Icon.png
Bot Building skill icon.png Bot builder &EP11
TS3ITF Icon.png
Gardening skill icon.png Gardener &BG
TS3 Icon.png
Riding skill icon.png Horseman &EP05
TS3P Icon.png
Inventing skill icon.png Inventor &EP02
TS3A Icon.png
Nectar Making skill icon.png Nectar maker &EP01
TS3WA Icon.png
Painting skill icon.png Painter &BG
TS3 Icon.png
Photography skill icon.png Photographer &EP01
TS3WA Icon.png
Scuba Diving skill icon.png Scuba diver &EP10
TS3IP Icon.png
Sculpting skill icon.png Sculptor &EP02
TS3A Icon.png
Writing skill icon.png Writer &BG
TS3 Icon.png

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
TS4 Career Actor.png Actor Active career &EP06
TS4GF Icon.png
TS4 Career Astronaut.png Astronaut
  • Space ranger branch
  • Interstellar smuggler branch
&BG
TS4 Icon.png
TS4 Career Athlete.png Athlete
  • Professional athlete branch
  • Bodybuilder branch
&BG
TS4 Icon.png
TS4 Career Business.png Business
  • Management branch
  • Investor branch
&BG
TS4 Icon.png
TS4 Career Civil Designer.png Civil designer
  • Civic planner branch
  • Green technician branch
&EP09
TS4EL Icon.png
TS4 Career Conservationist.png Conservationist
  • Environmental manager branch
  • Marine biologist branch
&EP07
TS4IL Icon.png
TS4 Career Criminal.png Criminal
  • Boss branch
  • Oracle branch
&BG
TS4 Icon.png
TS4 Career Critic.png Critic
  • Arts critic branch
  • Food critic branch
&EP03
TS4CL Icon.png
TS4 Career Culinary.png Culinary
  • Chef branch
  • Mixologist branch
&BG
TS4 Icon.png
TS4 Career Detective.png Detective Active career &EP01
TS4GTW Icon.png
TS4 Career Doctor.png Doctor Active career &EP01
TS4GTW Icon.png
TS4 Career Education.png Education
  • Administrator branch
  • Professor branch
&EP08
TS4DU Icon.png
TS4 Career Engineer.png Engineer
  • Computer engineer branch
  • Mechanical engineer branch
&EP08
TS4DU Icon.png
TS4 Career Entertainer.png Entertainer
  • Musician branch
  • Comedian branch
&BG
TS4 Icon.png
TS4 Career Freelancer.png Freelancer
  • Digital artist branch
  • Programmer branch
  • Writer branch
  • Fashion photographer branch[TS4:MS]
  • Crafter branch[TS4:EL]
  • Paranormal investigator branch[TS4:PS]
&BG
TS4 Icon.png
TS4 Career Gardener.png Gardener
  • Botanist branch
  • Floral designer branch
&EP05
TS4S Icon.png
TS4 Career Interior Decorator.png Interior decorator Active career &GP10
TS4DHD Icon.png
TS4 Career Law.png Law
  • Judge branch
  • Private attorney branch
&EP08
TS4DU Icon.png
TS4 Career Military.png Military
  • Covert operator branch
  • Officer branch
&GP07
TS4SV Icon.png
TS4 Career Painter.png Painter
  • Master of the real branch
  • Patron of the arts branch
&BG
TS4 Icon.png
TS4 Career Politician.png Politician
  • Politician branch
  • Charity organizer branch
&EP03
TS4CL Icon.png
TS4 Career Salaryperson.png Salaryperson
  • Expert branch
  • Supervisor branch
&EP10
TS4SE Icon.png
TS4 Career Scientist.png Scientist Active career &EP01
TS4GTW Icon.png
TS4 Career Secret Agent.png Secret agent
  • Diamond agent branch
  • Villain branch
&BG
TS4 Icon.png
TS4 Career Self-Employed.png Self-employed &BG
TS4 Icon.png
TS4 Career Social Media.png Social media
  • Internet personality branch
  • Public relations branch
&EP03
TS4CL Icon.png
TS4 Career Style Influencer.png Style influencer
  • Trendsetter branch
  • Stylist branch
&BG
TS4 Icon.png
TS4 Career Tech Guru.png Tech guru
  • eSport gamer branch
  • Start-up entrepreneur branch
&BG
TS4 Icon.png
TS4 Career Writer.png Writer
  • Author branch
  • Journalist branch
&BG
TS4 Icon.png

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
TS4 Career Babysitter.png Babysitter Part-time job &BG
TS4 Icon.png
TS4 Career Barista.png Barista Part-time job &BG
TS4 Icon.png
TS4 Career Cheer Team Member.png Cheer team member Afterschool activity for teens &EP12
TS4HSY Icon.png
TS4 Career Chess Team Member.png Chess team member Afterschool activity for teens &EP12
TS4HSY Icon.png
TS4 Career Computer Team Member.png Computer team member Afterschool activity for teens &EP12
TS4HSY Icon.png
TS4 Career Diver.png Diver Part-time job &EP07
TS4IL Icon.png
TS4 Career Drama Club.png Drama club Afterschool activity for children and teens &EP06
TS4GF Icon.png
TS4 E-Sports Competitor.png E-sports competitor Afterschool activity for university students &EP08
TS4DU Icon.png
TS4 Career Fast Food Employee.png Fast food employee Part-time job &BG
TS4 Icon.png
TS4 Career Fisherman.png Fisherman Part-time job &EP07
TS4IL Icon.png
TS4 Career Football Team Member.png Football team member Afterschool activity for teens &EP12
TS4HSY Icon.png
TS4 Career Lifeguard.png Lifeguard Part-time job &EP07
TS4IL Icon.png
TS4 Career Manual Laborer.png Manual laborer Part-time job &BG
TS4 Icon.png
TS4 Career Retail Employee.png Retail employee Part-time job &BG
TS4 Icon.png
Scouting Career.png Scout Afterschool activity for children and teens &EP05
TS4S Icon.png
TS4 Career Simfluencer.png Simfluencer Part-time job &EP12
TS4HSY Icon.png
TS4 Soccer Team Player.png Soccer team player Afterschool activity for university students &EP08
TS4DU Icon.png
TS4 Career Video Game Streamer.png Video game streamer Part-time job &EP12
TS4HSY Icon.png

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]

Restaurant

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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