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Carl's The Sims 3 Part Time Jobs Guide

This Sims 3 Guide was originally written for the PC and Mac versions of the game, but also will help owners of the console versions - PS3, Xbox 360 and Wii. Please remember some info or numbers may have changed.

Taking a part time job is available to any non-working Sim in the Sims 3. This is the only way a Teen or Elder can work, but any Sim in between can also take up one of these positions. They're an excellent way for Sims who pursue skills to get some extra income, or for the younger and older generations to bring in some extra income for the household.

Almost all part time jobs have similar pay, so pick the job with the hours your Sim would like to work, rather than basing the decision on money. You may also want to perform some job for role-play purposes, such as the graveyard jobs. Since they're almost all the same, I'll dispense with the tables and give you a short rundown of the various types of jobs that are available. Note that base pay figures are given, and your Sim can earn raises after level 3 if they keep their job performance up. All part time jobs have three promotion levels. Generally, working at the spa or graveyard provides the best part time jobs as they earn $8 an hour more at the second promotion.

Bookstore Clerk:
Cash Register Specialist, Book Genre Sorter, Book Club Moderator
Taken at the Bookstore in town, this job will have your Sim working Monday through Friday from 4PM to 7PM. The pay scale goes from $30 to $50 and finally $80.

Grocery Clerk:
Produce Quality Assessor, Blue Light Special Designator, Shopping Music DJ
The hours and pay are identical to above. Head to the grocery store to take this job.

Cemetery Worker:
Burial Specialist, Overseer of the Dead, Epitaph Writer
A lot of folks wonder how to work at the graveyard, because it's not as easily accessed from the map as other part time jobs. To get a job, have your Sim head to the graveyard and click the mausoleum itself. From there, they can take a job from 6PM to 9PM with Wednesdays and Thursdays off for $33, $55 and $88.

Spa Jobs:
Receptionist: Beverage Consultant, Intake Specialist, Ringer Up-er
Specialist: Clothes Folder, Fitting Room Guard, Spa Package Seller
These two can both be taken at the day spa in town. Their pay and hours are identical, but the days they work are different. Spa Specialists have Monday and Tuesday off and work from 3PM to 6PM, while Receptionists work the same hours With Tuesdays and Fridays off. The base pay goes from $33 an hour to $55 and finally $88 with promotions.

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meg says...
with seasons... you can have a part time job with the aliens... I don't know how to get it directly , but using testingcheatsenabled true and left click + shift and press career they have it as an option
3rd January 2013 7:52pm
Jacob says...
Well unless you cheat that part-time job is for if you are actually playing an alien, as the alien is being "tested" on
22nd February 2013 10:55pm
Colleen says...
I'd just like to add something:

Most people don't realize that part time jobs can be very lucrative, and have the potential to be just as profitable as some career pathes. As long as you keep your Sim happy, you can select for them to 'Work Hard' at work, which will earn them promotions quickly. Along with each promotion you get, you get an extra twelve dollars an hour, and while this may not seem like much, it can add up to a lot of money over time. My Sim is a Book Club Moderator, and because of the promotions she's gotten, she earns about 400 simoleons per hour, as opposed to the starting amount of 80. In other words, I can have her earn 1,200 simoleons per day for only working a three hour shift, which gives me tons of extra time to spend collecting, fishing, and gardening. The promotions don't seem to have a limit (at least, I haven't run into one yet), so you have to opprotunity to make a whole lot of money with this.

14th April 2013 12:18pm
HeartfiliaRah says...
There is also an option called part-time film that you can get at Plumbob Pictures Studio. One of my teen sims has this job and it seems pretty fun. Commercial actor and tv actor are the two first levels, but i havent gotten to the third level yet. also, i dont remember the times or days.
28th November 2012 9:45pm
Vebbra says...
I'm pretty sure the last level is "teenage idol" or something like that. But my game is in Norwegian so that's directly translated...
1st January 2014 7:01pm
E says...
Not true an elder can continue working their current job however if they quit then they're forced to do a part time job.
17th December 2012 3:43pm
Harry says...
I thought elders get paid pention??
12th February 2013 7:09pm
Nicole says...
Thx so much this site I found much to learn I do like the sims 3 but on the Xbox sims 3 pets I think there needs some tweaks love u sims I hart u sims .
19th February 2013 4:34am
Silver says...
The third level of film is Teen Star.
He gets paid $120 an Hour, works Mon-Fri
4PM-7PM.
Just keep his/her mood up.
22nd November 2013 1:41pm
Silver says...
The Teen sim can continue to receive a raise.
22nd November 2013 4:31pm
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