If your Sims feel like they are stuck in a career rut, then it’s time to do the obvious and change their career path for the better. Even if they aren’t unhappy with their career, you can’t deny that sometimes, change is a good thing—especially in The Sims.
Whether they have recently developed an interest in an emerging industry or they simply need more money to survive, there are many career options to choose from in The Sims 4. As a matter of fact, there are so many career options in this game, that it can be difficult to even begin choosing the right path for your Sims.
Do they aspire to become a style influencer? Maybe they’d prefer to work from home as a successful gardener? Whatever it is they dream of doing, we have you covered. In this guide, we will narrow it down to the top 10 best careers in The Sims 4, from the most beneficial careers to high-paying jobs that bring in all the cash. After all, you shouldn’t have to cheat your way to success in The Sims 4.
#1 Most Rewarding Sims 4 Career: Astronaut (Interstellar Smuggler)
What’s one thing every kid wants to be when they grow up aside from a doctor and a firefighter? That’s right, an astronaut! The Astronaut Career in The Sims 4 might just be one of the most difficult jobs to get promoted in provided how tricky it is to sustain a positive mood throughout the long and generally tiring shifts.
If you really want your Sims to advance in this career, you’ll have to put in the effort by working out to meet Fitness Skill requirements and playing chess to develop the Logic Skill.
Be that as it may, it has to be one of the most rewarding careers in the game. As you succeed in your career as an aspiring astronaut, you will receive a rocket ship used to travel through space.
In addition to being one of the most rewarding careers in The Sims 4, it’s also one of the highest-paying jobs that pays §1190 a day working 8AM to 6PM, three days a week. At first, you’ll start out as an intern earning a mere §234 a day working 9 hours, but as you progress to rank 7 (astronaut), you’ll earn big bucks in addition to some sweet Promotion Rewards.
#2 Sims 4 Career With the Most Levels: Secret Agent
With this career path, you can become the next Sam Fisher as you take on the role of a secret agent living a double life. The Secret Agent Career is split up into two branches that you can follow depending on if you want to be the good guy, a Diamond Agent, or the bad guy, a Villain.
Considering the Secret Agent Career features two lengthy branches, it has more than the average number of levels. While they both start off with the usual 7 levels, the Diamond Agent career has 10 levels in total, while the Villain branch is the only career path in The Sims 4 with 11 levels.
Since the Promotion Requirements depend on the path you take, the traits are slightly different for each branch. For both career paths, you’ll want to go with Genius to keep your Sims focused. Whereas Diamond Agents will require the Self Assured trait or Charisma.
For Villains, Hot-Headed is a go-to option if you want to level Mischief much faster. If you decide to be a good two shoes and go for the Diamond Agent branch and advance to Double Diamond Agent, you can earn §4,260 a day. On the other hand, Villains earn slightly less at (Tripe Agents) §2,575 a day, Sunday to Wednesday + Friday, 2PM to 7PM.
#3 Highest Paying Sims 4 Career: Military Career
If you own the Strangerville Game Pack—one of the best expansion packs for The Sims 4—you can benefit from one of the highest paying careers in the game. The Military Career is a fairly recent job that, as with the Secret Agent career, features two different branches: Officer and Covert Operator. Both of these paths differ a great deal, so before you go mindlessly choosing a career path, it’s best to be aware of what each one offers.
The Officer Career will force you to spy on your neighbourhood, while the Covert Operator Branch will put you in control of other recruits. In order to train as an officer, those in the Military can use the Spar interaction, allowing you to play-fight with other Sims to raise Fitness.
Doing this will also help your Sims build a relationship with other members of the Military. To ensure that your Sims don’t pass out after a long day, it is important to keep them energized during working hours. As with the Gardener career in Seasons, you will be able to choose whether you work from home or attend work as normal.
If you decide to work from home, you will be assigned work to complete during normal work hours. If you choose to work as a Covert Operator, at rank 10 (Sim-in-Black) you will earn §3,376 a day working Tue-Wed, Fri-Sun, 6PM to 2AM. As a Grand Marshal (rank 10 Officer), you will also earn §3,376, though you’ll have to work 10 hours more.
#4 Most Trendy Sims 4 Career: Style Influencer: Stylist
These days, everyone’s a trendsetting, style influencer with a passion for fashion and a wardrobe to die for. The thing is, it tends to come at a fairly significant cost, so if you can’t become one in the real world, why not become an influencer in The Sims 4?
With this career, you’ll be able to have fun making Sims with little-to-no taste actually look fashionable. In addition to dressing up Sims in the latest trendy gear, you will also be able to unlock new abilities that allow you to set trends and publish fashion articles for some extra simoleons. At the beginning of your new career, Style Influencers receive a digital sketch pad that can be used to fulfill the Painting Skill requirements.
Of course, you simply wouldn’t be an influencer if you didn’t snap 20 photos of your brand-new outfit, which is why you’ll also acquire a camera for Photography. At rank 4, you will even obtain a computer used to write and publish fashion blogs from home as you progress in your career.
As with the other jobs in The Sims 4, there are two different branches of this career: the Stylist Branch and the Trend Setter Branch. While both paths are similar in that they rely on Charisma, Writing and Painting, Stylists will be able to make over Sims much sooner.
If you decide to take on the Stylist Career, you will earn §3,000 a day at rank 10 (Personal Re-Imager) working 6 hours a day, 5 days a week. Rank 10 Trend Setters (Icon O’Class) will earn less at §2,706 per day working the same hours.
#5 Best Promotion Rewards in The Sims 4: Criminal: The Boss
If your Sims are already bad, why not allow them to concentrate on what they do best by forcing them to start a career as a Criminal? With the Sims 4 Criminal Career, you can either choose to follow the Oracle Career Branch where you’ll be involved in hacking and internet crimes or the Crime Boss Branch where you’ll become the leader of a gang.
For this career, you’re going to want to focus on either the Chief of Mischief or Public Enemy Aspiration to receive the Dastardly Bonus Trait. This will help with Mischief interactions to kick-start your career as a Criminal. As a result, Mischievous Sims who love to troll forums will climb to the top as they perform Mischievous interactions and become the next-best criminal boss.
If you decide to pursue the Boss Career, you will receive the Bank Blueprints ability at level 9 to increase Mischief Skill. This ability will also give a +1 Inspired Moodlet to your Sims for 2 Days to help level Mischief at home without destroying your relationship with your family. At rank 10 (The Boss), your Sims will earn §3,115 per day working Sun-Mon, Wed Thu, 5 PM-12 AM.
If you choose to focus on hacking with the Oracle Career, you will earn significantly less at §2,212 per day working Sun-Tue, Fri, 12 AM-7 AM. Having said that, if hacking is your thing, you will unlock one of the best computers in the game and gain the ability to Hack Mainframe.
#6 Best Investment Sims 4 Career: Business Investor
If being a Criminal Boss isn’t your thing and you prefer to make money ethically, then you should consider applying for the Business Career.
This career features two branches including the Management Branch and the Investment Branch.
Both of these offer a range of opportunities that can make your Sims some extra money as time goes by. At the end of the day, you’re going to need to earn some extra cash if you plan on creating your dream abode for your virtual family in The Sims 4. When it comes to Skills, the Criminal Career depends greatly on Logic and Charisma, regardless of the branch you decide to take.
To further expand your social circle and improve social interactions, we recommend using the Popularity and Outgoing Aspirations in order to help make friends and level Charisma. At the beginning of your career, you’re going to need to do tedious tasks such as filling out reports which can understandably make your Sims bored. This will luckily improve as you level up in your career, no matter what path you take.
If you choose the Management Branch, you will earn a comfortable §3,000 a day working 4 days a week, 10 AM-6 PM. On the contrary, if you choose the Investor Career Branch and become an Angel Investor (rank 10), you will earn a whopping §3,248 a day working 8 hours, Mon-Tue, Thu-Fri.
#7 Least Demanding Sims 4 Career: Writer: Author
While we labeled this career as the least demanding job, rather than the highest paying job, your Sims can earn a great deal of money as a successful author. At the beginning, you will earn roughly §200 a day working 4 days a week, which may be just enough to get by.
As to be expected, this is much less than a Business Investor would earn, although you’ll have plenty of free time to focus on writing books outside of work to generate more revenue. Bestsellers can rake in anywhere from §200 to §800 per day over the course of 20 days. Publish a few more bestsellers a day and your Sims won’t be going hungry any time soon.
As you progress in the Writing Career, you will work less hours so that you can spend more time on personal projects and less time at work. It likely goes without saying that the best trait for the Writer Career is Creative, while the best mood for both the Journalist and Author Branches is Inspired. Once you become a rank 5 writer, also known as a Regular Contributor, you can choose to become either an Author or a Journalist.
As a Journalist, you will earn §1,722 a day working Mon-Thu, 10 AM – 4 PM. On the other hand, rank 10 Authors (Creator of Worlds) earn §2,790 a day working two days a week, 6 hours a day.
#8 Most Creative Sims 4 Career: Painter
As with the Author career, Sims who take on the Painter Career will have a lot of free time to focus on their hobbies outside of working hours. At first, you won’t earn big bucks, though you will gain perks that can increase your daily wage as you level up your Painting Skill.
While you’ll certainly make a decent living painting at home on an Easel, you will generate more revenue as a professional painter with a passion for the arts. As well as the Master of the Real Branch, there is also a Patron of the Arts Career Branch you can follow to earn a decent §1,640 per day working 4 days a week, 11 AM – 4 PM.
Sims who want to beat the competition and become a master at Painting should follow the Master of the Real Career. At the highest level, you won’t have to work as much, giving you more time to paint at home. At rank 10 (Master of the Real), Painters will earn §2,460 a day working 2 days a week, 5 hours a day.
Master of the Real Career Branch also gives Promotion Rewards that include a Flegal Floor Lamp, a Deluxe All-Season Easel and a Premium Pima Ballerina statue to take inspiration from.
#9 Most Entertaining Sims 4 Career: Tech Guru: eSport Gamer
The Tech Guru Career in The Sims 4 is an entertaining career that focuses on two computer-based skills: Programming and Video Gaming. Once you reach level 6 as a Tech Guru, you will have to decide whether you want your Sims to become an eSports Gamer or a Start-Up Entrepreneur. The ideal mood for both of these careers is Focused Aura which you can get by being happy while playing video games for 2 hours.
As a rank 10 eSports gamer, you will only earn §1,968 per day working 4 days a week, 6 hours a day. This is enough to survive if you live smart, but we all know that’s not how anyone wants to play The Sims 4. The key to earning more money as a Tech Guru is to Livestream.
Live Streaming is an interaction with a computer available to Sims who make it to rank 7 in the eSports Career Branch. To begin with, it is fairly slow; you may end up spending hours just trying to earn a few bucks through fan donations. But once you gain more followers by Livestreaming on a regular basis, you can start making more money per minute to spend on random in-game items for your Sims.
If you want to quickly increase the number of fans you have, you should attempt to make your Sims win video game tournaments by sitting them in front of a computer and forcing them to play for hours on end.
Even if you don’t get paid for winning the tournament, you will get paid for second and third place. Although, nobody likes to lose.
#10 Best Work-From-Home Sims 4 Career: Gardener
Prefer to be one with nature and work outdoors rather than inside staring at a screen all day? Then it’s time to make your Sims apply for a job as a Gardener with a passion for nature. But before you get too excited, you’re going to require The Sims 4 Seasons Expansion Pack in order to choose the Gardener Career path. If you don’t already have it, you simply won’t be able to apply for the job.
If you do have Seasons installed, then you’ll benefit from a profitable career with side bonuses that will give you money as you sit at home. This applies to both the Florist and Botanist Career Branches.
Roughly an hour before you’re supposed to go to work, you can select the house icon in the pop-up on the lower left-hand corner of your screen to work from home. When working from home, your Sims will have to complete several tasks to improve their career performance and secure their income.
The overall performance of the tasks done will then be calculated the following morning. In addition to the tasks you will have to complete, you can also use this time to work on some career Promotion Requirements to rake in those rewards and make more money. As a rank 10 Florist, you will earn §2,100 a day working 5 days a week, 10 AM – 4 PM. PhD of Pollen Botanist Sims will earn §2,940 a day working Mon-Fri, 7 hours a day.
We know that choosing a career can be daunting, which is why we’ve done all of the hard work for you by ranking the top 10 Sims 4 best careers. We hope that our list has given you enough information on which path is best for you and your Sims in terms of: hours, money and Promotion Rewards.
Do you happen to have a favourite career in The Sims 4? Maybe you want to try out something new to change things up? Feel free to let us know in the comments down below!
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