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Sims 4 Jobs List
There are a lot of careers to choose from in The Sims 4, and it can be hard to pick which one for your Sim to enter into! What sort of skills will they need? What sort of Aspiration should they choose? Will they make enough money?
This is The Ultimate Sims 4 Career Guide, and has a breakdown of every career in the game, from base game careers, to all the ones added through Game and Expansion Packs; even teen careers.
Find out about all the careers in The Sims 4, how many levels each career has, the highest amount of simoleons your Sim can earn, what skills they'll need and what Aspiration the career best pairs with!
Are you just looking for the highest earning careers in the game? Check out my guide here!
Use the Table of Contents below to skip to whichever career you're most interested in:
Types of Careers in The Sims 4
Before I go over all the careers in the game, first we need to have a look at the different types of careers in The Sims 4:
- Rabbit hole/Standard Careers The majority of the careers in the game are rabbit hole careers, meaning your Sims disappear off their home lot during work hours and you don’t follow them to work. There are occasionally pop-ups while their away for you to choose how they’ll react to situations at work, and you can also pick from a list of pre-defined actions (away actions) for them to do while at work, like “work hard”, “make friends”, “leave early”, etc. which will affect their work performance during the day.
- Active Careers Active careers were brought into the game with The Sims 4: Get To Work expansion pack. These careers allow you to actually follow your Sims to work and perform interactions throughout the work day with them.
- Semi-Active Careers These careers are introduced with The Sims 4: City Living expansion pack. These careers give your Sims the option to either go to work each day in the traditional “rabbit hole” way, or you can choose for them to work from home, and complete a small number of tasks from home to affect their work performance, rather than having to go to the office.
- Business Owner Some of the “careers” in the game are more linked to owning a business, like the restaurant, retail and veterinary options. While you’re not really “working” a job, you can own and manage the business and make money that way.
- Part-Time Jobs (teen only) Part-time jobs are only for teens in the game, and allow them to work after school for some additional money and skills.
The Sims 4 Career Cheats
Don't feel like actually working your way up in a career? You can open the cheat console and use a cheat to go up levels in careers, without your Sim actually being promoted!
To open the cheat console, first type “Ctrl + Shift + C” on PC or “Command + Shift + C” on Mac.
Then type in "careers.promote" and the name of the career you're looking to promote (i.e. "careers.promote actor" will level up the actor career, or "careers.promote painter" will level up the painter career).
You can continue to enter in the cheat codes until you reach the top level of your desired career!
The Sims 4: Get Famous expansion pack added on the addition of the active Actor career. The Actor career allows your Sims to audition for gigs, prepare for roles and hone their skills (there’s an Acting Skill, but your Sim would also do well to work on dancing, singing, guitar, comedy and charisma skills as well, as some roles require additional skills), go to set and film commercials, TV shows, and movies.
Career Levels/Branches: Active careers do not branch; however, there are 10 career levels for actors.
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Highest Amount of Income Your Sim Can Earn: Upwards of $9,800 simoleons per gig at Level 10.
Best Skills for This Career: Obviously the acting skill. But as mentioned above, it would also be a good idea for your Sim to have high level comedy, charisma, singing, dancing, and guitar skills for a better variety of gigs to apply at.
Best Aspiration for This Career: Master Actor/Actress Aspiration. The objectives include normal things you’ll do by progressing in the career; levelling up the skill, practice acting, join the acting career, receive an award, etc. The reward is the World-Renowned Actress/Actor trait, which will allow your sim to never fail an acting action on set, so they can use Risky techniques without fear of failure!
The Astronaut Career was included in the base game and allows your Sim to become an astronaut! This is a rabbit hole career, but they can even obtain a space ship which they can assemble on their home lot and go off to space, interact with aliens, and bring back special space artefacts.
Career Levels/Branches: There are 7 career levels for the Astronaut career before your Sims branches off into either the Space Ranger or Interstellar Smuggler branch. Both branches have 3 levels until you reach the top level of the career.
Highest Amount of Income: You can earn $3717 per day at level 10 of the Interstellar Smuggler Career branch!
Best Skills: You’ll need high logic and fitness skills to excel in the Astronaut careers. There’s also a Rocket Science skill, which will help with building your spacecraft.
Best Aspiration: There’s no particular aspiration for the Astronaut career, but the Bodybuilder Aspiration has a lot of the fitness skills that you’ll need for the career, and the Nerd Brain Aspiration also has a lot of the logic skills you’ll need.
The Athlete Career was patched into the game in December 2014, and allows your Sims to be a professional athlete. The rabbit hole career basically coincides with the fitness skill, so you’ll want to have a high fitness level skill and you’ll get promoted fairly easily through this career.
Career Levels/Branches: There are four levels in the main Athlete career, before you can branch of to either a Bodybuilder or Pro Athlete. Each branch has 6 more levels until you reach the top.
Highest Amount of Income: You can earn a $3000 per day at level 10 of the Bodybuilder Career.
Best Skills: Obviously the fitness skill, but you’ll also need a high skill level in charisma.
Best Aspiration: The Bodybuilder Aspiration goes hand-in-hand with the Athlete Career, with most of the objectives being things you’ll complete while you level up in the career path.
The Babysitter part-time job is a rabbit hole job, available for teens only.It’s available on Saturday and Sundays only from 6pm-12am, and your Sim’s job is taking care of children.
Career Levels/Branches: There are only three levels in all part-time jobs. For Babysitter, there’s Baby Sitter (Level 1), Nanny (Level 2) and Daycare Assistant (Level 3).
Highest Amount of Income: Your Sim can earn $48 per hour at level 3 of the Babysitter job.
Best Skills: Charisma is the only required skill (at Level 2).
The Barista part-time job is a rabbit hole job, available for teens only. The hours are Monday through Friday from 11pm-4:00am. The job allows your Sim to work at a café and make coffees.
Career Levels/Branches: There are three levels- Coffee Stain Remover, Bean Blender, and Latte Artist.
Highest Amount of Income: $25 per hour at level 3, Latte Artist.
Best Skills: Your Sim will need to have at least a level 2 Mixology skill upon reaching Level 2 of the career.
The Business Career was another that was released in the base game in the free December 2014 patch. The career allows your Sim to work as a business associate (though which “business” is never specified; I suppose just a nameless corporate office somewhere).
Career Levels/Branches: There are six levels in the regular Business career, before your Sim can either branch off to the Management Career or the Investor Career, which both have four levels before the top of the career.
Highest Amount of Income: Sims can earn up to $3248 per day, at Level 10 of the Investor Career branch.
Best Skills: Your Sim will need high levels of Charisma and Logic to excel in this career.
Best Aspiration: There’s no particular Aspiration which pairs with this career, but due to the high amount of money you can earn, it might be good to pair it with money-focused Aspirations, like Mansion Baron or Fabulously Wealthy.
Take your Sim into the “seedy” side of life with the Criminal Career. This career has been in the game since its release, and allows your Sim to have a professional career as a Criminal. Since there’s no active law enforcement in the game (unless you have Get to Work installed), I guess it pays to commit crimes, and no one will stop your Sims from doing so!
Career Levels/Branches: The base career has five levels before your Sim can branch to either the Boss Career (i.e. mob boss) or the Oracle career (which focuses more on computer hacking).
Highest Amount of Income: Your Sim can earn up to $3115 a day at level 10 of the Boss Career branch.
Best Skills: Your Sim will need high levels of Mischief skill to progress in the Criminal Career. If you branch off to The Oracle Career, your Sim will additionally need high Programming skills. The Boss Career branch requires mid-range Handiness skills.
Best Aspiration: The Chief of Mischief and Public Enemy aspirations pair perfectly with this career; your Sim will easily complete either (or both) aspirations by causing mischief and making enemies in their career.
The Critic Career comes with The Sims 4: City Living expansion pack, and allows your Sim to become an art or food critic. This is a semi-active career, so your Sim can either work from home or go into an office every day, to give you a bit of variety.
Career Levels/Branches: There are three levels in the main Critic Job career, before your Sim can branch off to either the Art Critic or Food Critic branches. Both branches have six levels before reaching level 10.
Highest Amount of Income: Your Sim can earn $2,270 per day at Level 10 of the Art Critic career.
Best Skills: Your Sim will definitely need high writing skills for this career, as well as high painting, music, or comedy (if going into the Art Critic branch) or mid-range Cooking and Gourmet Cooking Skills if going into the Food Critic branch.
Best Aspiration: The Best Selling Author aspiration might go well with this career due to the writing skills necessary for both the aspiration and career goals. If you don’t mind doing some book writing on the side, this aspiration should be easy to complete alongside progressing in the career.
The Culinary Career is from the base game, and allows your Sim to pursue a career as either a Chef or a Mixologist. This is a rabbit hole career, but you can also practice the associated skills (Cooking and Mixology) from home or community lots at any time.
Career Levels/Branches: The Culinary Career has five levels before branching off to either the Chef or Mixologist Career branches.
Highest Amount of Income: Your Sim can earn $2460 per day at level 10 of the Chef Career.
Best Skills: Obviously your Sim will need high Cooking skills and at least Level 4 Mixology skills. If going into the Chef branch, they’ll also need high Gourmet Cooking skills; if going into the Mixology branch, they’ll need to increase their Mixology skill and also work on reaching Level 8 Charisma skill.
Best Aspiration: The Master Chef and Master Mixologist skills both work perfectly with the Chef and Mixology career branches, respectively. Both aspirations work hand-in-hand with the career goals.
The Detective Career is one of three active careers that come with The Sims 4: Get to Work expansion pack. The career allows you to follow your Sim to work at a police department and work as a detective; investigate crimes, interrogate criminals, and lay down the law.
Career Levels/Branches: Active careers don’t branch; however, there are ten career levels which end at your Sim being promoted to Police Chief.
Highest Amount of Income: Your Sim can earn $2120 per day at level 10 of the Detective Career.
Best Skills: There are no real associated skills or required skills for this career, but I’d recommend working on your Sims Charisma career, to make it easier for them to speak with other Sims and interrogate them later on.
Best Aspiration: Sadly, The Sims 4: Get to Work didn’t introduce any new Aspirations, so there’s no Aspiration to go with this career directly. However, I’d say the Friend of the World Aspiration might pair nicely with this career due to the nature of the job; your Sim will need to meet lots of Sims, will travel to different locations (crime scenes) to meet them and level up their Charisma skill, so the Aspiration might compliment the normal career goals nicely.
The Doctor Career is another active career from The Sims 4: Get to Work expansion pack. As its name suggests, the career allows your Sim to work as a doctor, and you can follow them to work as they examine and diagnose patients, perform surgeries, and even deliver babies.
Career Levels/Branches: Active careers don’t branch, but there are ten levels in this career before being promoted to Chief of Staff at Level 10.
Highest Amount of Income: Your Sim can earn $2800 per day once reaching Level 10.
Best Skills: There’s oddly no doctor or medicine-related skills for this career, however, your Sim will do well to work on both their Logic and Handiness skills to perform work tasks throughout their day.
Best Aspiration: There’s also no particular Aspiration which pairs with this career, but due to the nature of the job, it might be good to use the Nerd Brain Aspiration, which focuses on progressing both the Logic and Handiness skills, which you’ll also need to progress in the career.
The Entertainer Career was included in the base game, and allows your Sim to pursue a rabbit hole career in either the music world or as a comedian. Again, despite not being able to actually follow your Sim to work, you can still practice the related music and comedy skills at home and community lots.
Career Levels/Branches: There are four branches in the main Entertainment Career before your Sim can branch off to either a Musician or Comedian.
Highest Amount of Income: Your Sim can earn $2844 per day at Level 10 of the Comedian Career branch.
Best Skills: Your Sim will need both level 3 of Guitar/Violin and Comedy skills before branching off, then depending on which branch they choose, they’ll also need high Comedy skills or high Guitar/Violin skills to reach level 10.
Best Aspiration: Depending on the chosen branch of the career, you can either choose the Musical Genius or Joke Star Aspirations to pair with this career.