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The Sims 2 career tracks and jobs

I have compiled an Excel database with all career tracks and job positions, showing also job description, salary, work days, skills and friends required, etc…. and offer it for FREE download! 25 careers, 313 jobs, 222 KB file.

Summary of salaries for each career track and job position is shown below:

Career track Game Adult jobs Teen/Elder jobs
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 1 2 3
Adventurer Seasons $172 $225 $375 $415 $580 $870 $1,050 $1,560 $1,910 $2,730 $72 $95 $125
Architecture FreeTime $155 $175 $248 $415 $525 $615 $985 $1,123 $1,970 $2,300 $56 $76 $102
Artist University $231 $357 $483 $630 $808 $1,339 $1,785 $2,232 $2,625 $4,549
Athletic base game $154 $238 $322 $420 $539 $893 $1,190 $1,488 $1,750 $3,033 $97 $110 $125
Business base game $168 $252 $350 $448 $560 $728 $924 $1,400 $1,663 $2,100 $52 $76 $98
Criminal base game $196 $280 $385 $490 $595 $742 $896 $1,064 $1,575 $1,925 $50 $62 $105
Culinary base game $126 $168 $183 $242 $308 $469 $812 $1,206 $1,330 $2,170 $63 $84 $91
Dance FreeTime $215 $275 $375 $340 $520 $680 $815 $1,380 $2,025 $2,950 $62 $85 $112
Education Seasons $215 $316 $452 $642 $754 $1,560 $1,641 $1,892 $2,430 $3,450 $64 $86 $116
Entertainment FreeTime $240 $265 $305 $420 $505 $690 $820 $1,120 $2,540 $3,105 $51 $82 $105
Gamer Seasons $123 $147 $225 $296 $325 $453 $763 $950 $1,250 $1,950 $45 $74 $107
Intelligence FreeTime $225 $310 $325 $395 $490 $650 $1,070 $1,540 $3,225 $3,750 $48 $85 $106
Journalism Seasons $115 $228 $287 $385 $457 $668 $874 $1,168 $2,350 $2,350 $57 $84 $115
Law Seasons $148 $215 $365 $422 $488 $725 $865 $1,175 $1,572 $1,912 $74 $98 $145
Law Enforcement base game $336 $448 $552 $616 $686 $756 $826 $875 $910 $1,225 $45 $75 $125
Medicine base game $280 $385 $476 $574 $672 $770 $875 $980 $1,356 $1,488 $65 $87 $125
Military base game $350 $455 $560 $630 $700 $770 $812 $840 $1,094 $1,138 $57 $77 $100
Music Seasons $135 $186 $223 $335 $452 $535 $1,030 $1,950 $2,100 $2,830 $52 $75 $98
Natural Scientist University $231 $483 $672 $787 $945 $1,134 $1,344 $1,544 $2,283 $10,497
Oceanography FreeTime $185 $215 $295 $325 $450 $585 $860 $1,320 $2,880 $3,970 $47 $83 $108
Paranormal University $252 $375 $525 $672 $840 $1,092 $1,386 $2,100 $2,494 $4,725
Politics base game $308 $420 $504 $602 $679 $756 $840 $1,138 $1,225 $1,313 $53 $72 $112
Science base game $217 $322 $448 $525 $630 $756 $896 $1,036 $1,522 $2,333 $64 $105 $115
Show Business University $420 $575 $714 $861 $1,088 $1,155 $1,312 $2,205 $3,051 $5,022
Slacker base game $126 $154 $210 $252 $385 $392 $613 $788 $933 $1,400 $45 $71 $96

Which is the best career?

This depend by lots of variables… no career is the best in all circumstances.

Number of work days vary from job to job, higher paying jobs may have less work days thus comparing jobs in terms of weekly earnings is difficult , but usually daily earnings matter more, because in the day of promotion you are getting a bonus double of daily salary.

The strategy to get rich depends also by which day of week promotion occurs. You may be promoted to a position having next days free, and while waiting next working day to get the next promotion, your adult Sim may turn into elder and get retired.

Military Career and Law Enforcement Career are have the highest pay at entry level jobs, thus being the best for a starter family with adults without skills.

Business Career (requiring charisma, logic, creativity) or Criminal Career (requiring mechanical, body, creativity) are the easiest careers for Sims that are in your family since child or teen. Because body, logic, creativity skills are usually earned automatically during childhood if you have a swimming pool, chess table or piano in the house.

Highest paid careers are the ones for University graduates: Artist, Natural Scientist, Paranormal, Show Business, but obviously these are hardest careers to reach the top position, as they require 4 skills instead of 3.

Natural Scientist – Ecological Guru have highest salary per day: $10.497, but only 1 work day per week.

Show Business – Icon is the highest paying job per week: $5.022 x 3 work days per week.

Advice how to advance in careers

Go to community lots to make skills, because Sims do not age unless they are at home (or you use cheat “aging -off“)

Is difficult to maintain large number of friends by playing a single family. You should play multiple families to make friends with the Sim you intend to reach top position in careers. I was able in this way to reach even level 10 (Mayor) in Politics which required 17 friends in The Sims 1. This in 2004 when I did not had internet connection and I had not many things to do thus could play The Sims for long periods of time, I compiled a table with the 10 career tracks in base game, by testing personally each job.

The Sims 2 introduced a cheat “boolprop testingcheatsenabled true” that, if entered while you are in neighborhood view, allow you once you open a lot to click the mood bars and friendship scores, quickly making friends.

Does anyone managed to reach top position in a career without cheating?

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