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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

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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
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Share Tips and FAQs (9)

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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
Anonymous says...
Don't you get Life Fruits from reaching Mad Scientist?
26th August 2017 7:58am
Barbara hodges says...
Can someone answer this question for me. In Sims 3 at the level 10 in Science Career are they given the life fruit. I've been everywhere looking for the special seed.
7th January 2018 3:21pm
Playalot says...
The special seeds are found in the same spots in each world so depending on which world your sim lives in you need to google special seed locations for that world. We have a lot of the world maps on our forum so check there too.
10th January 2018 9:01pm
Vivie says...
testingcheatenabled true
buydebug on
go to Buy Mode,then Show By Function and there will be a new button up and that,the third folder is has every plant in it..Good Luck!♥
1st February 2019 5:25pm
Made this account for replying says...
thats just cheating realize that games are fun to play if you have to start from the bottem
30th September 2019 11:00am
Tori says...
Scientific Specialist is another possible ltw
8th April 2014 10:02am
sel says...
um there isn't a gardening skill in the Wii version so i'm now confused
25th August 2015 4:28pm
Vince says...
11th November 2015 5:40am
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