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The Sims 4 features careers like many other previous games in the franchise. The Sims 4 Careers are a life-long investment for each Sim. You will need to put in a lot of work to get the one that you want. You will want to pick one that gels well with your Sim. You won’t want to put an evil or moody Sim in a career where their negative mood can impact performance. Or maybe you have a roleplaying idea you’re going for and have a set career in mind.

For this guide, let’s focus on the base game. Depending on what DLC you have, you will encounter more careers, we will cover those some other time.

Moods and Job Performance

The Sims 4 Careers depend a lot on your mood as a Sim. Each day you work your job will result in a hidden rating, based mostly on your mood. Some careers do better with certain moods than others. Aspirations are very important as well. Certain Aspirations can give you the right moodlet on command to make getting solid job ratings each day key.

Adult Careers

During your adult life, you can choose a specific career track to embark on. Each track has two branches eaned around Job Level 7, with 10 ranks in all. Depending on which path you choose, your rewards for each Job Level will change.

Astronaut Career

Space Ranger and Interstellar Smuggler are two of the options you can take here. Energized is the best mood for ideal job performance. As an Astronaut, you get a unique Space Ship, free, while other Sims must spend $5000 to get it. Athletic Aspirations can be used to trigger Energized by consuming energy drinks.

  • Level 1 – Intern: 26 Simoleons Per Hour
  • Level 2 – Module Cleaner: 34 Simoleons Per Hour
  • Level 3 – Technician: 54 Simoleons Per Hour
  • Level 4 – Command Center Lead: 71 Simoleons Per Hour
  • Level 5 – Low-Orbit Specialist:  96 Simoleons Per Hour
  • Level 6 – Space Cadet: 104 Simoleons Per Hour
  • Level 7 – Astronaut: 119 Simoleons Per Hour
  • Level 8 – Planet Patrol (Space Ranger): 179 Simoleons Per Hour
  • Level 8 – Moon Mercenary (Interstellar Smuggler): 201 Simoleons Per Hour
  • Level 9 – Sheriff of the Stars (Space Ranger): 297 Simoleons Per Hour
  • Level 9 – Alien Goods Trader (Interstellar Smuggler): 299 Simoleons Per Hour
  • Level 10 – Space Ranger: 422 Simoleons Per Hour
  • Level 10 – Interstellar Smuggler 413 Simoleons Per Hour

Athlete Career

Professional Athlete and Bodybuilder are the two career branches. Energized is the best mood for ideal job performance. Use either a brisk shower before work or the energy drink trigger from the Athletic Aspiration to get this before heading to work. Bodybuilder Aspiration can also be helpful for this. You want to help increase your Charisma skill whenever you can.

  • Level 1 – Waterperson: 16 Simoleons Per Hour
  • Level 2 – Locker Room Attendant: 19 Simoleons Per Hour
  • Level 3 – Team Mascot: 28 Simoleons Per Hour
  • Level 4 – Dance Team Captain: 39 Simoleons Per Hour
  • Level 5 – Minor Leaguer (Professional Athlete): 51 Simoleons Per Hour
  • Level 5 – Personal Trainer (Bodybuilder): 47 Simoleons Per Hour
  • Level 6 – Rookie (Athlete): 66 Simoleons Per Hour
  • Level 6 – Professional Bodybuilder (Bodybuilder): 57 Simoleons Per Hour
  • Level 7 – Starter (Athlete): 86 Simoleons Per Hour
  • Level 7 – Champion Bodybuilder (Bodybuilder): 85 Simoleons Per Hour
  • Level 8 – All-Star (Athlete): 130 Simoleons Per Hour
  • Level 8 – Trainer to the Stars (Bodybuilder): 149 Simoleons Per Hour
  • Level 9 – MVP (Athlete): 242 Simoleons Per Hour
  • Level 9 – Celebrity Bodybuilder (Bodybuilder): 279 Simoleons Per Hour
  • Level 10 – Hall of Famer (Athlete): 333 Simoleons Per Hour
  • Level 10 – Mr./Mrs. Solar System (Bodybuilder): 500 Simoleons Per Hour

Business Career

The Career relies heavily on the Charisma and Logic Skills, do beef those up for a good boost. Outgoing and Popularity ASpirations can be good for getting positive emotional buffs. Use the Energized or Confident moodlet when you can get it. When you shift into the later skill levels and Job Levels for the Business track, focus on making friends at work to increase your good mood during work hours.

  • Level 1 – Mailroom Technician: 16 Simoleons Per Hour
  • Level 2 – Office Assistant: 20 Simoleons Per Hour
  • Level 3 – Assistant to the Manager: 23 Simoleons Per Hour
  • Level 4 – Assistant Manager: 35 Simoleons Per Hour
  • Level 5 – Regional Manager: 53 Simoleons Per Hour
  • Level 6 – Senior Manager: 75 Simoleons Per Hour
  • Level 7 – Vice-President (Management): 90 Simoleons Per Hour
  • Level 7 – Futures Trader (Investor): 112 Simoleons Per Hour
  • Level 8 – President (Management): 134 Simoleons Per Hour
  • Level 8 – Hedge Fund Manager (Investor): 145 Simoleons Per Hour
  • Level 9 – CEO (Management): 201 Simoleons Per Hour
  • Level 9 – Corporate Raider (Investor): 218 Simoleons Per Hour
  • Level 10 – Business Tycoon (Management): 375 Simoleons Per Hour
  • Level 10 – Angel Investor (Investor): 406 Simoleons Per Hour

Criminal Career

The best Traits differ, but the best Aspiration is either Public Enemy or Chief of Mischief – both of these give the Dastardly Bonus Trait, which helps immensely with Mischief interactions. Anything that helps with your Mischief Skill will help with promotions here. Inspired is one of the best options to pick here once you get into the later levels. The Boss track in particular really benefits from this.

  • Level 1 – Tough Guy/Gal: 9 Simoleons Per Hour
  • Level 2 – Petty Thief: 13 Simoleons Per Hour
  • Level 3 – Ring Leader: 17 Simoleons Per Hour
  • Level 4 – Felonious Monk: 23 Simoleons Per Hour
  • Level 5 – Minor Crimelord: 32 Simoleons Per Hour
  • Level 6 – The Muscle (Boss): 106 Simoleons Per Hour
  • Level 6 – DigiThief (Oracle): 43 Simoleons Per Hour
  • Level 7 – Getaway Driver (Boss): 273 Simoleons Per Hour
  • Level 7 – Elite Hacker (Oracle): 73 Simoleons Per Hour
  • Level 8 – Safe Cracker (Boss): 319 Simoleons Per Hour
  • Level 8 – An0nymous Ghost (Oracle): 130 Simoleons Per Hour
  • Level 9 – The Brains (Boss): 383 Simoleons Per Hour
  • Level 9 – Net Demon (Oracle): 234 Simoleons Per Hour
  • Level 10 – The Boss: 445 Simoleons Per Hour
  • Level 10 – The Oracle: 316 Simoleons Per Hour

Culinary Career

Inspired is one of the best options to pick here. Creative is a good trait to get for starting down this track, based on either choice. A limited-time Inspired Moodlet can be attained from Cloud/Stargazing and is one of the best means of making a Sim inspired. Cooking and Mixology skills, depending on your chosen track, are the focus here.

  • Level 1 – Assistant Dishwasher: 15 Simoleons Per Hour
  • Level 2 – Head Dishwasher: 16 Simoleons Per Hour
  • Level 3 – Caterer: 26 Simoleons Per Hour
  • Level 4 – Mixologist: 35 Simoleons Per Hour
  • Level 5 – Line Cook 43 Simoleons Per Hour
  • Level 6 – Head Caterer (Chef): 52 Simoleons Per Hour
  • Level 6 – Head Mixologist (Mixologist): 45 Simoleons Per Hour
  • Level 7 – Pastry Chef (Chef): 104 Simoleons Per Hour
  • Level 7 – Juice Boss (Mixologist): 64 Simoleons Per Hour
  • Level 8 – Sous Chef (Chef): 131 Simoleons Per Hour
  • Level 8 – Chief Drink (Operator): 111 Simoleons Per Hour
  • Level 9 – Executive Chef (Chef): 253 Simoleons Per Hour
  • Level 9 – Drinkmaster (Mixologist): 166 Simoleons Per Hour
  • Level 10 – Celebrity Chef (Chef): 410 Simoleons Per Hour
  • Level 10 – Celebrity Mixologist (Mixologist): 197 Simoleons Per Hour

Entertainer Career

Inspired and Playful are both good moods to get. A limited-time Inspired Moodlet can be attained from Cloud/Stargazing and is one of the best means of making a Sim inspired. You could also use a Thoughtful Shower to trigger these. The ideal skills to target are Comedy, and either Guitar or Violin. Based on your skill in these areas, you can rank up in this Sims 4 career.

  • Level 1 – Amateur Entertainer: 23 Simoleons Per Hour
  • Level 2 – Open Mic Seeker: 36 Simoleons Per Hour
  • Level 3 – C-Lister: 40 Simoleons Per Hour
  • Level 4 – Opening Act: 54 Simoleons Per Hour
  • Level 5 – Jingle Jammer (Musician): 67 Simoleons Per Hour
  • Level 5 – Jokesmith (Comedian): 67 Simoleons Per Hour
  • Level 6 – Serious Musician (Musician): 78 Simoleons Per Hour
  • Level 6 – Solid Storyteller (Comedian): 115 Simoleons Per Hour
  • Level 7 – Professional Pianist (Musician): 87 Simoleons Per Hour
  • Level 7 – Rising Comedian (Comedian): 172 Simoleons Per Hour
  • Level 8 – Symphonic String Player (Musician): 130 Simoleons Per Hour
  • Level 8 – Roast Master (Comedian): 258 Simoleons Per Hour
  • Level 9 -Instrumental Wonder (Musician): 208 Simoleons Per Hour
  • Level 9 – Stand up Star (Comedian): 310 Simoleons Per Hour
  • Level 10 – Concert Virtuoso (Musician) 340 Simoleons Per Hour
  • Level 10 – Show Stopper (Comedian): 474 Simoleons Per Hour
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Painter Career

Master of the Real Branch and Patron of the Arts are the branch choices here. Getting inspired is important to Painting, as it increases the likelihood your Sim will produce Masterpieces. A limited-time Inspired Moodlet can be attained from Cloud/Stargazing and is one of the best means of making a Sim inspired. You could also use a Thoughtful Shower to trigger these. You will want to focus entirely on Painting in terms of skills. The Patron of the Arts branch also relies on Charisma.

  • Level 1 – Palette Cleaner: 21 Simoleons Per Hour
  • Level 2 – Art Book Collator: 23 Simoleons Per Hour
  • Level 3 – Hungry Artist: 26 Simoleons Per Hour
  • Level 4 – Watercolor Dabbler: 29 Simoleons Per Hour
  • Level 5 – Canvas Creator: 35 Simoleons Per Hour
  • Level 6 – Imaginative Imagist: 44 Simoleons Per Hour
  • Level 7 – Artist En Residence (Master of the Real): 65 Simoleons Per Hour
  • Level 7 – Color Theory Critic (Patron of the Arts): 70 Simoleons Per Hour
  • Level 8 – Professional Painter (Master of the Real): 140 Simoleons Per Hour
  • Level 8 – Art Aficionado (Patron of the Arts): 126 Simoleons Per Hour
  • Level 9 – Illustrious Illustrator (Master of the Real): 280 Simoleons Per Hour
  • Level 9 – Composition Curator (Patron of the Arts): 227 Simoleons Per Hour
  • Level 10 – Master of the Real: 402 Simoleons Per Hour
  • Level 10 – Patron of the Arts: 328 Simoleons Per Hour

Secret Agent Career

The Sims 4’s Secret Agent Career Track features the only Career with 11 levels (Villain Branch). Diamond Agent has the usual 10. Depending on the track you choose, you may want to focus on one or more traits. Hot-Headed can be good for Villains to help level Mischief. If you’re going the Diamond track, focus on anything that buffs Charisma. The Focused moodlet is good for Job performance in early levels. Have your Sim ponder chess Moves at a chess table, drink black tea or do other Focused tasks before heading to work for this.

  • Level 1 – Agency Clerk: 17 Simoleons Per Hour
  • Level 2 – Intelligence Researcher: 19 Simoleons Per Hour
  • Level 3 – Agent Handler: 21 Simoleons Per Hour
  • Level 4 – Field Agent: 37 Simoleons Per Hour
  • Level 5 – Lead Detective: 47 Simoleons Per Hour
  • Level 6 – Government Agent: 52 Simoleons Per Hour
  • Level 7 – Secret Agent: 87 Simoleons Per Hour
  • Level 8 – Spy Captain (Diamond Agent):173 Simoleons Per Hour
  • Level 8 – Double Agent (Villain): 191 Simoleons Per Hour
  • Level 9 – Shadow Agent (Diamond): 208 Simoleons Per Hour
  • Level 9 – [Redacted] (Villain): 278 Simoleons Per Hour
  • Level 10 – Double Diamond Agent (Diamond): 284 Simoleons Per Hour
  • Level 10 – Supreme Villain (Villain): 479 Simoleons Per Hour
  • Level 11 – Triple Agent (Villain): 515 Simoleons Per Hour

Tech Guru Career

eSports Gamer and Start Up Entrepreneur are your branches here. Video Gaming or Programmering, depending on your desired branch, will be the desired skill. You need both to get through the early levels before the branch. The Focused moodlet is good for Job performance in early levels. Have your Sim ponder chess Moves at a chess table, drink black tea or do other Focused tasks before heading to work for this.

  • Level 1 – Live Chat Support Agent: 31 Simoleons Per Hour
  • Level 2 – Quality Assurance: 38 Simoleons Per Hour
  • Level 3 – Code Monkey: 47 Simoleons Per Hour
  • Level 4 – Ace Engineer: 63 Simoleons Per Hour
  • Level 5 – Project Manager: 73 Simoleons Per Hour
  • Level 6 – Development Captain: 78 Simoleons Per Hour
  • Level 7 – eSports Competitor (Gamer): 121 Simoleons Per Hour
  • Level 7 – The Next Big Thing? (Start Up Entrepreneur): 98 Simoleons Per Hour
  • Level 8 – Pro Gamer (Gamer): 194 Simoleons Per Hour
  • Level 8 – Independent Consultant (Start Up): 185 Simoleons Per Hour
  • Level 9 – APM King/Queen (Gamer): 261 Simoleons Per Hour
  • Level 9 – Dot-Com Pioneer (Start Up): 371 Simoleons Per Hour
  • Level 10 – Champion Gamer: 328 Simoleons Per Hour
  • Level 10 – Start Up Genius: 516 Simoleons Per Hour

Writer Career

Inspired is one of the best options to pick here. Creative is a good trait to get for starting down this track, based on either choice. A limited-time Inspired Moodlet can be attained from Cloud/Stargazing and is one of the best means of making a Sim inspired. Your Writing skill is vital here, but needs to be paired with another skill, and it will determine whether you want to go for the Journalist or Author track. The author track requires Logic, Journalist requires Charisma in addition to Writing.

  • Level 1 – Writer’s Assistant: 25 Simoleons Per Hour
  • Level 2 – Blogger: 32 Simoleons Per Hour
  • Level 3 – Freelance Article Writer: 38 Simoleons Per Hour
  • Level 4 – Advice Columnist: 44 Simoleons Per Hour
  • Level 5 – Regular Contributor: 50 Simoleons Per Hour
  • Level 6 – Short Story Writer (Author): 60 Simoleons Per Hour
  • Level 6 – Journalist (Journalist): 56 Simoleons Per Hour
  • Level 7 – Novelist (Author): 115 Simoleons Per Hour
  • Level 7 – Front Page Writer (Journalist): 83 Simoleons Per Hour
  • Level 8 – Fan Favorite (Author): 202 Simoleons Per Hour
  • Level 8 – Investigative Journalist (Journalist): 145 Simoleons Per Hour
  • Level 9 – Bestselling Author (Author): 296 Simoleons Per Hour
  • Level 9 -Editor-In-Chief (Journalist): 189 Simoleons Per Hour
  • Level 10 – Creator of Worlds (Author): 465 Simoleons Per Hour
  • Level 10 – Scribe of History (Journalist): 287 Simoleons Per Hour

Teen Careers

There are however a few careers you can work as a teen. These will no longer be an option once you hit adulthood though. If you need that extra cash, these are an option. Be careful though, as they can cause real problems with your grades and other obligations if you slack off.

Manual Labor

  • Level 1 – Lawn Mower: 45 Simoleons Per Hour
  • Level 2 – Landscaper: 59 Simoleons Per Hour
  • Level 3 – Backhoe Operator: 70 Simoleons Per Hour

Fast Food

  • Level 1 – Table Cleaner: 16 Simoleons Per Hour
  • Level 2 – Fry Cook: 18 Simoleons Per Hour
  • Level 3 – Food Service Cashier: 20 Simoleons Per Hour

Barista

  • Level 1 – Coffee Stain Remover: 28 Simoleons Per Hour
  • Level 2 – Bean Blender: 41 Simoleons Per Hour
  • Level 3 – Latte Artiste: 62 Simoleons Per Hour

Retail Employee

  • Level 1 – Shelf Stocker: 33 Simoleons Per Hour
  • Level 2 – Sales Floor Clerk: 40 Simoleons Per Hour
  • Level 3 – Customer Support: 48 Simoleons Per Hour

Babysitter

  • Level 1 – Baby Sitter: 33 Simoleons Per Hour
  • Level 2 – Nanny: 40 Simoleons Per Hour
  • Level 3 – Daycare Assistant: 48 Simoleons Per Hour
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