As with any life simulation game that revolves around character growth and prosperity, money — or in this case, simoleons — is a commodity that can make a great experience even greater. And what better way to flex your cash than to have the perfect career to go alongside it? In the case of The Sims, having both can take you a long way, and can even put you in a social class that'll make the likes of Mortimer Goth blush a sweet cherry red.
Fortunately, having an abundance of expansion packs under its belt, The Sims isn't exactly short on exciting careers for your families to get involved in. The question, though, isn't with how many career paths you can pursue — but which of them provide the most perks and exclusive benefits that go way beyond daily paychecks. And if that's what you've come to learn, then we'll quickly clue you in. Here are the five best careers in The Sims 4 in 2022.
5. Triple Agent (Secret Agent)
You know how they say crime doesn't pay? Well, turns out it does, and quite well, at that. Thanks to The Sims' Secret Agent job branch, you can channel your mischief into one of the highest paying ventures by becoming a villain for the agency. You can also become a Diamond Agent, which is another way of saying “good guy on a much lower pay scale.” But that's for those who abide by the books and only wish to use their Logic skill trees for helping people. Cue evil laugh.
Of course, as with any career in The Sims, raking in the big bucks does involve a little bit of ladder ascension. Max out your Logic and Mischief levels while clambering up the 11 career ranks in the Secret Agent route, though, and you'll put your Sim on a cushy $12,875/week salary, which is actually one of the better paying jobs in the paper. And, you know, you'll be an international criminal. So there's that.
4. PhD of Pollen (Gardener)
If your Sim has prickly green thumbs that can't quite get enough of the lawn trimmings on your neighbor's front yard, then you'll be pleased to know that they can put them to good use and, you know, make a career out of it. And, one that will eventually land them with a generous $14,700/week salary, too. For what, you ask? Well, picking flowers as a botanist in the Gardening career, of course.
To get your Sim on the grass-like monopoly, you'll have to put your effort into maxing out the Gardening skill, which can be accomplished by, you know, gardening. After you've crushed the first four ranks on the career ladder, you'll have the choice of following the botanist path, or the flower arranger one, at which point you should aim for the former. Do so, and you'll eventually reach the PhD of Pollen position which, at the time of writing, is the fourth highest paying job in the game.
3. Interstellar Smuggler (Astronaut)
Not only is the Astronaut tier one of the highest paying careers in The Sims 4, but also perhaps one of the most entertaining, too. Because let's face it, when your colleagues can be extraterrestrial, why would you settle for Gary and Janette from HR? And let's not forget that pursuing a role with the stars can also net you that long-awaited celebrity status, meaning your Sim will become the real talk of the town.
At level 10 in the Astronaut career, you'll have one of two options: becoming a world renowned Space Ranger, of transitioning into an Interstellar Smuggler. Whatever your preference in job title, each provide a lofty salary and a whole bunch of perks. But if you want a job that pays out just under $15,000 a week, then don't shoot for the stars — shoot for the latter.
2. Personal Re-Imager (Influencer)
It comes as no major surprise that being a major influencer has its perks. Perks, such as a high-class reputation, copious amounts of flashy gadgets and gizmos, and a big ol' bag of cash to call your own. Obtaining such luxuries does, of course, mean having to go out of your way to build skills that wouldn't usually pop up in your daily routine, though, which includes Painting, Writing, and Charisma.
That all being said, if your Sim is a creative at heart with an eye for the life of an Influencer, then its Stylist branch, in particular, can be one of the most rewarding jobs, period. Ascend to the tippy top of the ladder, and you'll eventually find yourself sitting on a lofty $3,000/day paycheck, which works out at a nice $15,000 per week.
1. Sim-in-Black (Military)
If you're wanting to make serious bucks and afford all of the extravagance The Sims 4 has to offer, then you'll definitely want to apply for a role in the Military. If luck just so happens to prevail, then you'll eventually find yourself handpicked for a job at the top of the food chain as a Sim-in-Black, which is, at least at the time of writing, the highest paying job in The Sims 4.
To reap all the rewards of being a big player on the monopoly, you're going to need to invest in a whole lot of fitness equipment. Keeping in shape and maintaining a healthy mindset does, of course, equal faster promotions. After the first five levels of the Military career are over, be sure to follow the Covert Operator branch. Max out these levels and your Sim will eventually snag the Sim-in-Black title, which will land them with a solid $16,880/week salary. Nifty.
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