Cheating in the Sims 4: Career cheats

Sims 4 career cheats are some of the easiest to use. Want to give your Sim a little job boost? Why hustle when you can cheat.

So you’ve used skills cheats in The Sims 4, but your Sim just is not getting where you want them to be. If you want to resort to Sims 4 career cheats, that’s okay. We are not going to judge. These are actually some of the easier Sims 4 cheats to use, because the options are not as varied as the skills cheat, for example.

Sims 4 Career Cheats

If you are new to using cheats, you might want to read our starter guide to Sims 4 cheats. We’ll explain everything about career cheats as clearly as possible, but it might be a useful references for newbies.

Career cheats for The Sims 4: What can you do?

There are a few basic Sims 4 career cheats available. All of these are useful if you want your Sim to follow a specific storyline, but you do not have the time to go through the whole work-performance-get-promoted mission.

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Career cheats can help you refine your Sim’s story or help them earn that promotion much faster. There are four basic career cheats used in The Sims 4. These are:

  • Promote
  • Demote
  • Add career
  • Remove career

Career cheats are also used to cheat school performance for younger Sims. They follow the same syntax as the career cheats.

The first part of our Sims 4 career cheats guide will deal with the basic syntax for entering cheats. We will also list the full cheat variant for each career to make it super easy for you to copy and paste your cheat codes and get your Sim ahead in the game.

Remember to turn cheats on first

Before you enter your cheat codes, you need to open what is known as the “cheats dialogue box” or the “cheats console”. To get started with Sims 4 cheats, press CTRL+SHIFT+C on your keyboard if you’re using a PC. To open The Sims 4 cheats console on a Mac, press CMD+SHIFT+C.

Now you need to actually turn the cheats on. That’s the easy part. In the cheats box, simply type testingcheats on. Sometimes this doesn’t work and you have to type testingcheats true instead. You’ll know you’ve done it correctly when the dialogue box tells you “Cheats are enabled” .

Sims 4 career cheats to get promoted

As the name states, this cheat is used to quickly promote a Sim without needing to meet the requirements. This can be useful for many reasons.

Maybe you lost a save file or maybe you have a specific storyline in mind for an elder Sim and you want them to reach their full career potential before Grim comes to visit.

Whatever your reason for wanting to use Sims 4 career cheats to get promoted, it is super simple.

Once you have turned cheats on, you just have to enter Careers.promote into the cheats console. Make sure the Sim whose career you want to cheat is selected when you do this.

So, for example, if you wanted to promote your Sim in the athlete career, you would enter Careers.promote athletic into the cheats console and be promoted.

Sims 4 career cheats for quick, multiple promotions

All you have to do is repeat the cheat code for promotion as many times as you like. Your Sim will rise through the ranks without even needing a single skill. Yeah, we know… it doesn’t feel right, but that’s why it’s called cheating.

Careers that have multiple words should not have any spaces. The only space is after the initial cheat syntax, for example: Careers.promote secretagent.

There are some cases, specifically in the freelance career branches, where the cheat code will require an underscore.

CareerCheat to promote your Sim
Activistcareers.promote activist
Actorcareers.promote actor
Adultcareers.promote adult
Artistcareers.promote adult_freelancer_artist
Astronautcareers.promote astronaut
Athleticcareers.promote athletic
Businesscareers.promote business
Civildesignercareers.promote civildesigner
Conservationistcareers.promote conservationist
Criminalcareers.promote criminal
Culinarycareers.promote culinary
Detectivecareers.promote detective
Doctorcareers.promote doctor
Educationcareers.promote education
Engineercareers.promote engineer
Entertainercareers.promote entertainer
Gardenercareers.promote adult_gardener
Lawcareers.promote law
Makercareers.promote adult_freelancer_agency_maker
Militarycareers.promote military
Paintercareers.promote painter
Programmercareers.promote adult_freelancer_agency_programmer
Scientist (see notes)careers.promote adult_active_scientist
Scoutcareers.promote scout
Secret Agentcareers.promote secretagent
Social Mediacareers.promote socialmedia
Style Influencercareers.promote styleinfluencer
Techgurucareers.promote techguru
Writercareers.promote adult_freelancer_agency_writer
Writercareers.promote adult_writer

 Note: If you do not have the Strangerville pack, the cheat code might just be: careers.promote scientist  

Career cheats to demote your Sim

The opposite is also true for Sims 4 career cheats. Sometimes you might not want a happy ending to your Sim story. The demote career cheat works in the exact same way as the promote one – simply replace promote with demote in the syntax as found below.

It is important to note that you cannot demote your Sim back beyond careers with chosen branches.

CareerCheat to demote your Sim
Activistcareers.demote activist
Actorcareers.demote actor
Adultcareers.demote adult
Artistcareers.demote adult_freelancer_artist
Astronautcareers.demote astronaut
Athleticcareers.demote athletic
Businesscareers.demote business
Civildesignercareers.demote civildesigner
Conservationistcareers.demote conservationist
Criminalcareers.demote criminal
Culinarycareers.demote culinary
Detectivecareers.demote detective
Doctorcareers.demote doctor
Educationcareers.demote education
Engineercareers.demote engineer
Entertainercareers.demote entertainer
Gardenercareers.demote adult_gardener
Lawcareers.demote law
Makercareers.demote adult_freelancer_agency_maker
Militarycareers.demote military
Paintercareers.demote painter
Programmercareers.demote adult_freelancer_agency_programmer
Scientist (see notes)careers.demote adult_active_scientist
Scoutcareers.demote scout
Secret Agentcareers.demote secretagent
Social Mediacareers.demote socialmedia
Style Influencercareers.demote styleinfluencer
Techgurucareers.demote techguru
Writercareers.demote adult_freelancer_agency_writer
Writercareers.demote adult_writer

Sims 4 cheats for adding or removing careers

These cheats are not used often, but if you would like to quickly add or remove a career for the selected Sim, you can use the Careers.add_career cheat to add a career or Careers.remove_career cheat to remove it. The remove career cheat will just make your Sim instantly quick their current career.

This career cheat is a bit risky though and can sometimes cause games to crash. If you are going to use this cheat, make sure you have your save file backed up.

It is much easier and safer to just use the promote career cheats if you want to get your Sim to a specific level of a job. We have included the list of these Sims 4 career cheats below, however, we do not recommend using these. As with all cheats in the game, you use all of them at your own risk.

CareerCheat to add careerCheat to remove career
Activistcareers.add_career activistcareers.remove_career activist
Actorcareers.add_career actorcareers.remove_career actor
Adultcareers.add_career adultcareers.remove_career adult
Artistcareers.add_career adult_freelancer_artistcareers.remove_career adult_freelancer_artist
Astronautcareers.add_career astronautcareers.remove_career astronaut
Athleticcareers.add_career athleticcareers.remove_career athletic
Businesscareers.add_career businesscareers.remove_career business
Civildesignercareers.add_career civildesignercareers.remove_career civildesigner
Conservationistcareers.add_career conservationistcareers.remove_career conservationist
Criminalcareers.add_career criminalcareers.remove_career criminal
Culinarycareers.add_career culinarycareers.remove_career culinary
Detectivecareers.add_career detectivecareers.remove_career detective
Doctorcareers.add_career doctorcareers.remove_career doctor
Educationcareers.add_career educationcareers.remove_career education
Engineercareers.add_career engineercareers.remove_career engineer
Entertainercareers.add_career entertainercareers.remove_career entertainer
Gardenercareers.add_career adult_gardenercareers.remove_career adult_gardener
Lawcareers.add_career lawcareers.remove_career law
Makercareers.add_career adult_freelancer_agency_makercareers.remove_career adult_freelancer_agency_maker
Militarycareers.add_career militarycareers.remove_career military
Paintercareers.add_career paintercareers.remove_career painter
Programmercareers.add_career adult_freelancer_agency_programmercareers.remove_career adult_freelancer_agency_programmer
Scientist (see notes)careers.add_career adult_active_scientistcareers.remove_career adult_active_scientist
Scoutcareers.add_career scoutcareers.remove_career scout
Secret Agentcareers.add_career secretagentcareers.remove_career secretagent
Social Mediacareers.add_career socialmediacareers.remove_career socialmedia
Style Influencercareers.add_career styleinfluencercareers.remove_career styleinfluencer
Techgurucareers.add_career techgurucareers.remove_career techguru
Writercareers.add_career adult_freelancer_agency_writercareers.remove_career adult_freelancer_agency_writer
Writercareers.add_career adult_writercareers.remove_career adult_writer

Sims 4 cheats to improve school performance

  • To raise a child’s school performance use: Careers.promote Gradeschool
  • To raise a teen’s school performance use: Careers.promote Highschool
  • To lower a child’s school performance use: Careers.demote Gradeschool
  • To lower a teen’s school performance use: Careers.demote Highschool
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