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Carl's The Sims 3 Career Track Guide: Career Paths List A-L

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.

This is a full list of all careers in the Sims 3. here you'll find information on the work schedules of the level 10 careers in the game. Also, I'll do the math to show what the hourly pay rate comes to when your Sim makes it to work every day in a week. Keep in mind that these figures are for Sims who have never received a raise. With enough raises, your Sims can get much better salaries than the base rate. Your Sim will also earn raises when they're in a top level position, so there's a reason keep those job performance meters up even when they've reached level 10!

Also, I'll list the skill requirements of each career. You should be aware that in some careers, certain job requirements, most notably co-workers and boss, may disappear as a requirement. For skills, this is not usually the case however. Still, if you want your Sim to rise quickly, getting to know the boss and co-workers will get them there faster on jobs that require it.

The Sims 3 Business Career Track Uniform for Power BrokerBusiness: Power Broker
Click for Career Track Job Pay and Details
Work Schedule: Monday, Tuesday and Thursday from 8AM to 11AM
Salary(Weekly Base Pay at Level 10): $331 an hour. 9 Hours/week = 2979
Career Track Skill and Social Requirements: Mood, Co-Workers and Meetings Held.
Job Special Abilities: Hold a Meeting
Career Info: Interestingly, the Business Career track relies entirely on your Sim's office relationships. Office Hero is a great lifetime reward to take for this career track as a result. Charisma will go a long way toward help your Sim with this track because of the friend requirements. The Schmoozer trait is awesome for business, as it helps further with inter-office communication.

High ranking Businessmen can hold a meeting from 8am to 6pm. They'll earn $750 for conducting the meeting, and it only lasts an hour and a half. Your Sim can do this often to earn quick money. Since Power Brokers have so much time off, a lot of money can be made this way. This explains power brokers' relatively low pay compared to other careers. They can run off and hold multiple meetings for quick cash.

The Sims 3 Criminal Career Track Uniform for Emperor of EvilCriminal: Emperor of Evil (Criminal Evil Branch)
Click for Career Track Job Pay and Details
Work Schedule: Monday, Tuesday and Friday from 9PM to 2AM
Salary (Weekly Base Pay at Level 10): $418 an hour. 15 Hours/week = 6270
Career Track Skill and Social Requirements: Athletic, Logic, Accomplices and Boss
Job Special Abilities: Evil Glow
Career Info: The Criminal Career Track in the Sims 3 branches off when your Sim is being promoted to level 7. Choosing the Evil branch will result in making an Emperor of Evil Sim. Early on, for the first six levels, accomplices are in the mix of requirements, but boss isn't present. It switches to boss at level 7. At level 8, logic becomes a requirement, so be sure to tackle it before then to make things easier.

The Emperor of Evil can develop a Red Glowing Aura that frightens some Sims, repulses others and delights the wicked. This is cool, but not the best special ability out there.

The Sims 3 Criminal Career Track Uniform for Master ThiefCriminal: Master Thief (Criminal Thief Branch)
Click for Career Track Job Pay and Details
Work Schedule: Tuesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday 9PM to 1AM
Salary (Weekly Base Pay at Level 10): $565 an hour. 16 Hours/week = 9040
Career Track Skill and Social Requirements: Athletic, Mood, Accomplices
Job Special Abilities: Golden Fox, Stealing
Career Info: Master Thieves are very straightforward Sims to make. They require athletic skill, and a good relationship with their accomplices. So, get your Sim to work out at the gym (take the athletic trait) and work on getting athletic high. Pause when it is high enough to work on relationships with your Thief Sim's co-workers (accomplices). Building solid relationships with them will last all the way to the highest level in this career track.

Master Thieves improve on the eight and ninth level thief abilities by being able to Steal even more expensive items while at work. Additionally, they'll get a Golden Fox that will give them a +25 moodlet that lasts for 8 full hours. They can of course Sneak as well, but it doesn't help them in any way, it rather adds a unique animation.

The Sims 3 Culinary Career Track Uniform for Five Star ChefCulinary (Cooking): Five Star Chef
Click for Career Track Job Pay and Details
Work Schedule: Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 3PM to 7PM
Salary (Weekly Base Pay at Level 10): $350 an hour. 12 Hours/week = 4200
Career Track Skill and Social Requirements: Mood, Cooking, Co-workers, Boss
Job Special Abilities: Master Chef Fridge
Career Info: Developing relationships with co-workers and the Sim's boss early on will help all the way up to level 10. The Cooking skill is the only other requirement to worry about. Along the way to Five Star Chef, your Sim will eventually earn a discount at all restaurants.

The Master Chef Fridge will boost the quality of all food cooked from it. Find it in your Family Inventory (Build Mode) after reaching this stage in the career track. The pay is lower for this one, but the reward is pretty sweet.

The Sims 3 Journalism Career Track Uniform for Star News AnchorJournalism: Star News Anchor
Click for Career Track Job Pay and Details
Work Schedule: Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 8AM to 12PM
Salary (Weekly Base Pay at Level 10): $386 an hour. 16 Hours/week = 6176
Career Track Skill and Social Requirements: Writing, Charisma, Stories
Job Special Abilities: Interview
Career Info: Star News Anchors are not too hard to make. At third level, the Stories requirement is tacked on and will be a factor alongside writing all the way to 10th level. At third level, Sims will be able to Interview other Sims. Sadly, this Career is a let down. All interviewing does for your Sim is help them learn another's traits. It also opens a door for an opportunity. That's it. At least it's interesting that your Sim will be able to root through the trash to gather dirt on other Sims.

The Sims 3 Law Enforcement Career Track Uniform for Forensics Analyst Dynamic DNA ProfilerLaw Enforcement: Dynamic DNA Profiler (Law Enforcement Forensics Branch)
Click for Career Track Job Pay and Details
Work Schedule: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday 9AM to 2PM
Salary (Weekly Base Pay at Level 10): $397 an hour. 20 Hours/week = 7940
Career Track Skill and Social Requirements: Painting, Logic, Mood, Reports, Partner
Job Special Abilities: Forensics Analysis
Career Info: The Path to the Dynamic DNA Profiler can be a bit more tough than some of the previous careers. The requirement to juggle two skills, along with the Partner and Reports requirements can be challenging. Get in good with your Sim's partner early, and stay on top of the reports. To type reports on other Sims, either rummage through their trash or talk to them. Get them warmed up to your Sim a bit first, then use the Friendly - Question interaction. If the Sim likes your Sim they may give them so information. At the 8th level of this career track, your Sim will begin requiring the Painting skill. You should begin raising it toward maximum well before then so that you aren't caught off guard.

Dynamic DNA Profilers will get a Free Laptop upon entering the Forensics path. Since it's the best computer, this is a nice bonus. Additionally, at the tenth level, they can do Forensics Analysis on the computer and earn money while raising the logic skill. It's a moot point that this raises logic, considering by this time it's not as big a deal. Additonally, running the forensics analysis takes about 3 hours, even with max logic and gives $600. Thus, your Sim will only earn $200 per hour doing this.

The Sims 3 Law Enforcement Career Track Uniform for International Super SpyLaw Enforcement: International Super Spy (Law Enforcement Special Agent Branch)
Click for Career Track Job Pay and Details
Work Schedule: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday 9AM to 1PM
Salary (Weekly Base Pay at Level 10):$477 an hour. 16 Hours/week = $7632
Career Track Skill and Social Requirements: Mood, Reports, Athletic, Logic, Partner
Job Special Abilities: Raid Criminals
Career Info: To become an International Super Spy is much like trying to become a DNA profiler. You'll have to stay up on reports, and will need two skills once your career branches to secret agent. Sims will need athletic and logic skills to succeed as spies.

Once you have an International Super Spy, they'll get a Special Warrant to raid the criminal hideout. Every town has one. Look for the burglar head symbol. It's a warehouse. Raiding the Criminals can earn some nice money, but there is a cooldown period before you can raid them again. Still, it's easy fast cash for the special agent.

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becca says...
what about political career??
2nd June 2013 2:26pm
Lilli says...
I wish this was more current, what about film career?
7th June 2014 5:50pm
Carl says...
Sorry I didn't get to include those in the list. At this point, it's a bit late as I must wrap up another Guide then move on to The Sims 4. I intend to be more thorough in updating the Site as time goes on. A few pages around here are not properly updated, and I regret it but simply lack the time. Thankfully, we did cover ALL Careers (found in the career index and box of links above), they just have individual pages and aren't included in this career comparison list.
8th June 2014 7:55pm
Random says...
It is named Acting/Directing instead of film.
29th June 2014 2:58am
Random says...
29th June 2014 2:59am
Random says...
I thought I was on the other page...
29th June 2014 3:01am
Dek says...
Just saw a typo at the top of this, as well as at the top of the M - Z careers page.

2nd paragraph, third sentence, it says "With enough rhaises, ..." that should be raises.
8th June 2013 6:08am
Rachel says...
The business career rate at level 10 is incorrect! It is 370 per hour!
25th February 2014 10:28am
Carl says...
Sims get raises. The 331 is the base amount the Career receives. With raises, you can get to thousands per hour for continuing a Sim's career for many many weeks.
8th June 2014 7:57pm
Hannah says...
My Sim is a International Super Spy and she got a few reuses over the time so she gets like 3.5k a day..
3rd August 2013 11:05am
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