Carl's Sims 3 Guide - Skills, Traits, Careers, Rewards, and Lifetime Wishes for Ambitions and World Adventures

The Sims 3 Science Career Track

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.

Science Career Track in the Sims 3To apply for the Sims 3's Science Career Track, you should have your Sim head to the science laboratory in town. Its symbol looks a bit like a nuclear fallout symbol. The Sims 3's science career track can be demanding, requiring gardening, fishing, and handiness skills to advance. All this hard work will pay off, however.

Besides having to work only three days a week at a high pay rate, your Mad Scientist Sim will have the ability to perform experiments on objects in their home. This could be anything from a chair to refrigerator. These experiments can bestow positive effects on items, from making them more beautiful (room decoration bonus), to making sims happy when they're nearby (mood bonus). Be careful, as bad experiments can have the opposite effect. They can even set an object on fire. Experiments that cause negative effects can be removed with the undo experiment action.

The Sims 3 Science Career Track: Pay Rate, Hours Worked and Skill Reqs

Career Track
Job TitleWork HoursSalary/Pay Rate
Wages Earned/Day
Job Promotion &
Work Promotion Factors
1Test SubjectMon-Fri
Gardening, Mood
2Lab TechMon-Fri
Gardening, Mood
3Useless Contraption
Gardening, Mood, Handiness
4Fertilizer AnalystMon, Tue, Thu, Fri
Gardening, Mood, Handiness
5Carnivorous Plant
Mon, Tue, Thu, Fri
Gardening, Mood, Handiness
6Aquatic Ecosystem
Mon, Tue, Thu, Fri
Gardening, Mood, Handiness, Fishing
7Genetic ResequencerMon, Tue, Thu, Fri
Gardening, Mood, Handiness, Fishing
8Top-Secret ResearcherMon, Tue, Thu, Fri
Gardening, Mood, Handiness, Fishing
Cross Breeder
Mon, Tue, Fri
Gardening, Mood, Handiness, Fishing
10Mad ScientistMon, Tue, Fri
Gardening, Mood, Handiness, Fishing

Good Traits for The Sims 3's Science Career Track

Green Thumb
The most important trait, it will help your Sim early on as gardening is the first performance metric. It directly affects how easily your Sim will raise the gardening skill. There are other perks as well, such as the ability to revive plants. This may come in handy if your Sim decides to actually use all that training in gardening outside the lab.

Not only will the handy trait aid your Sim in learning the handiness skill, they'll also never fail to upgrade or repair an object. That means your Sim is safe from nasty electrocutions when they're upgrading electronics.

Fishing doesn't appear as a job performance metric until level 6, so angler can help your Sim play a little catch up. I would probably make my scientist fish for fun on his off days, to get a head start on raising this skill.

Look to Good Traits For Every Career for more ideas.

Science Career Uniforms
Sims 3 Science Uniform: Useless Contraption Manipulator
Useless Contraption Manipulator Uniform
Sims 3 Science Uniform: Fertilizer Analyst
Fertilizer Analyst Uniform
Sims 3 Science Uniform: Aquatic Ecosystem Tweaker
Aquatic Ecosystem Tweaker Uniform
Sims 3 Science Uniform: Top Secret Researcher
Top Secret Researcher Uniform
Sims 3 Science Uniform: Creature-Robot Cross Breeder
Creature-Robot Cross Breeder Uniform
Sims 3 Science Uniform: Mad Scientist
Mad Scientist Uniform
The Sims 3 Careers
Career Paths A-LM-ZCareer TipsCareer TraitsMoney MakingPart Time Jobs List
Real EstateAcrobatActing/DirectorArchitectArt AppraiserAstronomer
Bot ArenaBusinessCriminalCulinaryDaycareFirefighter
Fortune TellerGhost HunterHorsemanInventorJournalismLaw Enforcement
Private InvestigatorProfessional SportsScienceSculptorSingerSports Agent
StylistTeacherVideo Game Developer

Comments (5)

Morgana says...
My sim is in the science carrer and its earning me BIG money bc both my sims are the same carrer......
but my sims wont earn skills or anything for their job!!!!!
and i dont know how to get promoted!!!
oh i have the PS3 Version to let you know
26th December 2012 9:15pm
Sketchyfk says...
At level 10 you will gain the ability to experiment on different objects in your home and around town. You can either gain a positive effect or a negitive effect. Unsure what the best positive effects are however the worst negitive so far is the item disapears altogether
14th January 2013 10:08pm
James says...
Morgana look at skills that will tell you what skills you need for the job
3rd February 2013 5:49pm
Dalia says...
Can Sims still perform science experiment on things after they've retired? My mad scientist is an elder now and I want her to retire but I don't want to lose the ability to perform science experiment because those really give a great mood boost if you have a lot in your vicinity.
7th April 2014 2:24pm
Tori says...
Scientific Specialist is another possible ltw
8th April 2014 10:02am
Page 1 of 1

Add Comment

Adding comments has been disabled.
Jump to Top

You can support our Sims 3 site by purchasing your next game (digital/hard copy) through EA Origin icon

Disclaimer: - This site is not endorsed by or affiliated with Electronic Arts, or its licensors. Trademarks are the property of their respective owners. The Sims and The Sims 3 Logo are trademarks of Electronic Arts, Inc. Game content and materials copyright Electronic Arts Inc. and its licensors. All Rights Reserved. All original material on this site © Carl Ratcliff.
Carl's PC Gaming Sites, Strategy Guides and Walkthroughs
The Sims 3The Sims MedievalSims 3 CommunityAnomaly 2 GuideSkyrim Guide
Skyrim Console CommandsSkyrim PerksCiv 5 StrategyCiv 5 VictoryCiv 5 Tips
Fallout 3 GuideFallout 3 CheatsRoG: Gaming NewsPam's BlogFunny & Inspiring Stories
  • Search our Sims 3 Site
  • Carl's Sims 3 Site News

Sims 4: Ghosts and Pools Coming

Today we'll be getting a patch, featuring Ghosts along with bugfixes, Star Wars costumes, and a new Gnome. In November, we will be getting Pools, at last! Click here to read more info on these new developments.

Sims 4 Guides

The first Sims 4 Guide pages are available:
Fishing - Fish List/Best Spots
Gardening - Full Plant List
Hidden Areas
Astronaut Career
Rocket Science
Painter Career
Sims 4 Cheats

Buy Sims 4 & System Reqs

You can support the site by purchasing The Sims 4 from EA Origin here. Your contribution goes toward the development of our Sims 4 Site. If you're on the fence, have a look at my Sims 4 Guides to see if you like the new skills and careers, and read the opinions of others on our Forum.

Sims 4 Forum

Register at our Sims 4 & Sims 3 Forum to enjoy a friendly community and volumes of extra details about the game. You can see the benefits of Member Registration Here.

Into the Future Expansion Pack

The Sims 3 Into the Future Game LogoThe Sims 3 Into the Future is now available and you can buy it here. Look for Guide updates throughout the Holidays as I work to finalize Guide pages for information from all Expansions that have been released.

Into the Future Features
Legacy Statues
Utopia and Dystopian Futures
Future Tech Skill
PlumBot Making
Laser Rhythm-a-con
Bot Arena Career
Astronomy Career
Nanites (with Maps)
Time Traveler and Voltron Gnome Parts
The Sims 3 Cheats Updated