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The Sims 3 Science Career Track

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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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