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Profession (also known as active career) is an aspect of career which players have to direct Sims to do their work instead of the basic careers where Sims only enter a rabbit hole[TS3] or off-world[TS4] and gain performance based on several factors. This feature is first introduced in The Sims 3: Ambitions, and is the main theme of the expansion pack. Further expansion packs also provide more unique professions. Professions were re-introduced with The Sims 4: Get to Work, which included three new professions.

The Sims 3Edit

Sims can find a profession from newspaper and computer but some professions can be found in other ways. Sims can go to the fire station to work as a Firefighter, the salon or ask a stylist to work in the Stylist profession, the city hall to work as an Architectural Designer, the science lab to work in the Ghost Hunter profession, the police station to work in the Investigator profession, or ask a proprietor to work in performer professions. The only way to be employed in Daycare is from the newspaper or computer.

The major point of profession is that players must direct Sims to perform certain tasks. They no longer go to rabbit holes, and instead, players can actually see what Sims do at work. Professions aren't usually tied to a workplace. Sims earn weekly stipend every Sunday. Professional Simoleon Booster lifetime reward enables Sims to earn more weekly stipend. Additionally, Sims will earn bonuses after finishing their task (such as extinguishing fire, completing a renovation, performing on stages, etc.) or performing for tips[TS3:ST]. Sims can also earn raise if they work hard enough.

List of professionsEdit

Profession Workdays Workplace EP
Acrobat Open work hours None
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Architectural Designer Monday - Friday None
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Daycare Monday - Thursday At home
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Firefighter Monday - Friday Fire station
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Ghost Hunter Monday - Friday None
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Investigator Open work hours None
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Magician Open work hours None
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Singer Open work hours None
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Stylist Tuesday - Saturday Salon
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Lifeguard Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Sunday Beach
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Responsibilities and job experienceEdit

Job Experience

Job experience panel

Sims have broader and more flexible ways to earn performance. Professions aren't provided with work performance; Sims will earn job experience instead, based on their completion of responsibilities. Most professions aren't attached to certain skills, though high skills might help Sims with their job.

Every time Sims perform any of the responsibilities, such as doing a stakeout in Investigator profession, Sims will earn some experience. Once Sims gain enough experience, they will instantly get promoted. This is a flexible way to be promoted, since Sims don't necessarily have to attend their workplace for a promotion.

Differences between Profession and CareerEdit

Career Profession
Sims enter rabbit hole and have career tones (Business as Usual, Work Hard, etc.) Sims perform actions and must complete tasks
Sims must go to work regularly Some professions have open work hours, which means Sims can perform their work at any time
Sims get salary per hour, which can only be earned if they go to work Sims earn weekly stipend and some bonus if they complete their task
There are up to 4 performance factors that range from horrible to excellent, which will determine how fast the performance bar increase or decrease There are 3 performance responsibilities. Anytime they're performed, the experience bar will increase.
Sims will get promoted or demoted based on their career performance Sims' career performance never decreases, so it's impossible for a Sim to get demoted

Semi-active careersEdit

Several careers have some elements from professions, which make them semi-active careers. This adds a variation to the careers so they have special tasks outside the rabbit holes.

  • If Ambitions is installed, Medical career has an expanded feature which enables doctors to perform medical checkup over patients. They will sometimes get a task to perform while on the work hour such as vaccination clinics at park.
  • In Late Night, Film career also has tasks around the neighborhood while on the work hour, such as promoting the movie at the bars.

As Sims complete their task, they have to go back to work again. Otherwise, they'll be considered missing work.

The Sims 4Edit

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List of professionsEdit

Profession Workdays Workplace EP
Detective Varies on rank of job Police and Doctor Neighborhood
Doctor Varies on rank of job Police and Doctor Neighborhood
Scientist Varies on rank of job Scientist Neighborhood