Star Citizen Occupations List
The Star Citizen universe is scheduled to have a massive economy that is living and breathing. “Star Citizen is, at its heart, a vast living world that combines a remarkably detailed space combat simulation with an equally in-depth model of the economy of a star-spanning empire.” - From the Star Citizen Economy
With such a complex and interdependent economy there will be many roles available for players. This post examines some of the more certain roles that will exist and then at the end of this article we will look at some of the more hypothetical roles that may one day exist in the ‘verse.
So let’s look at some of the professions that will very likely be available. Please note that in Star Citizen there is no levelling or character skill selection, player roles will simply be how they choose to play.
Professions Coming Soon (3.0 and on)
Trading / Cargo Hauling
The Star Citizen economy will require a vast array of cargo transport to keep the empire working. If a certain material runs low in one system it will have to be brought in. As seen originally in Wing Commander Privateer the price of goods could vary in different locations and a player could take on shipping contracts offered by the computer network called Trade and Development Division.
The TDD will generate trading jobs where players will receive UEC currency for shipping goods from one location to another.
This video shows how interactions will happen with Cargo. You will also be able to move cargo inventory around with the help of your MobiGlas device ( See also this video).
Merc / Escort
Mercenaries and security escorts will be necessary professions to assist with mining and shipping operations which are crucial for the functioning of the empire. Guns for hire jobs will be readily available.
Source: OPNET Personal Security
Military roles will be varied from police type work to massive battles against Vanduul fleets. Players will be able to take on defense roles from the electronic job board as well as from other players who need soldiers in their crews.
Eventually there will be many locations added to the Public Universe that will create discovery opportunities. Vessels equipped with sensors will scan distant locations such as asteroid fields for minable resources. Exploration opportunities will grow in tandem with the universe.
Exploration could be one of the most dangerous professions but also one of the most rewarding. Especially with the promise of your name being entered into The Ark.
This Star Citizen mini-game is an example of the gameplay we can expect from the exploration role
Mining was the first occupation to be detailed in Star Citizen and represents the best example of a profession which is not only essential to the running of the universe but also one that is being built to not be boring. This is quite a challenge because in most MMOs mining is synonymous with redundant and low skill labour.
In CIG’s own words:
“Mining presents players with a variety of challenges requiring skill and intelligence, whereas mindless repetition of a task and idle drudgery are explicitly avoided. There are no aspects of mining that allow a player to simply press a button and wait without concern for a result, or that require players to perform an action repeatedly without some element of thought and/or dexterity coming into play.”
In Star Citizen, the construction of everything from missiles to ship plating will require resources. Players will use the resources either directly, such as applying a specific mix of elements to repair a ship’s hull or indirectly, for example, a factory on a planet that is not player controlled will require certain resources to be able to produce missiles.
Should a particular resource be exhausted in a given system this will cause an increase in demand as well as price for said resource. This information will be spread throughout the verse via the job system and will propagate at the speed of communications in Star Citizen spawning job information for players to take up contracts.
Additionally, it might not be possible to make a specific product in the system if there is a shortage of one or more required commodities - this would also drive up the price of the product (such as missiles). Will players be willing to buy missiles at a premium to conduct their military activities in a system that is temporarily unable to manufacture any due to a resource shortage?
Imagine traversing several jump points and using up missiles and ballistic ammo in combat during the journey and arriving at your destination star system only to find out there is a shortage of missiles and ammo! Luckily it won’t be just players that have to mine to keep the empire well stocked as NPCs will also be performing dynamically generated missions based on supply and demand to ensure minimum stocks for essential products are maintained throughout the empire. Since there will be an estimated 9 NPCs to every player, CIG is able to control the economy hence why Star Citizen does not have a true player run economy like in some other MMOs.
It is also important to note that mining in star citizen can be a risky endeavour as the most lucrative resources will be in dangerous to reach and extract.
From CIG about the dangers of mining:
“The most valuable materials will often reside deep within a dense field, the result of less experienced pilots being unable to extricate them without suffering serious damage to their ship. Compressed pockets of gas, volatile materials that can explode in the presence of excessive energy (which is required in some capacity in order to liberate the ore from its parent asteroid), and elements that can explode when subjected to seismic vibrations as caused by repeated fragmentation operations all present their own unique types of jeopardy.”
Freelance Mining vs Contracted Mining
Mining will have costs associated with the profession. Ship fuel, mining materials, wear and tear, and NPC crew hire costs are just some of the costs associated with mining that players will encounter. Miner’s who choose to pick their own mining jobs can achieve bigger rewards than contracted miners who take known jobs for known rewards but freelance miners also run a bigger risk. This minigame created by CIG introduces the player to some of the mining concepts that will exist in Star Citizen.
Star Citizen is, at heart, a space sim and ship to ship combat will be the center of the action. Ships will need frequent repairs and modifications making ship repair a lucrative enterprise.
Ships like the Anvil Crucible will make deep space repairing a real enterprise.
Tuning / Engineering
Star Citizen ships are made up of components such as shield generators and power plants. These components can be modified to tweak performance.
The MISC Endeavor even features an entire particle supercollider so that players may have the very best equipment whether they be racing or dogfighting.
“The most visually unique Endeavor module, the distinct circular supercollider is actually only one small piece of a more elaborate overclocking facility. This large module includes a pair of ‘white room’ workbench labs ideal for tweaking and overclocking starship components. Enthusiasts and professionals seeking to push their weapons, thrusters or other upgrades to the limit can do so with atomic precision thanks to the attached accelerator that allows for safe testing of new theoretical limits; raising the bar on component performance as high as possible.” - From The Endeavor
Given the importance of goods in verse, being able to retrieve valuables from wrecks and other locations will be a good source of income. Sometimes fighter ships may receive catastrophic damage and may need to be recovered and the Aegis reclaimer is the latest in greatest in ship salvage.
Source: The Reclaimer
Info Runner / Hacking
Transporting information about valuable locations can yield high rewards. There is a dedicated ship for info running called the Drake Herald.
“Drake Herald – Knowledge is power, and one of the most valuable commodities is pure information: the 1s and 0s behind everything from UEC ledgers to Citizenship ratings. Whether it’s colonists struggling to stay in contact with the UEE’s central worlds or criminals trading in illicit data, there will always be a need to securely move data. The Drake Herald, small, armored ship, is designed to fit that need and safely get that information from Point A to Point B. Featuring a powerful central engine (for high speed transit and generating the power needed for effective data encryption/containment), advanced encryption software and an armored computer core, the Herald is unique among personal spacecraft in that it is designed to be easily ‘cleaned’ when in danger of capture. The Herald includes an array of heavy duty internal options for data protection, including redundant power subsystems and EMP shielding, and a high-powered broadcast array for data transmission.”
One of the most polished gameplay elements is racing. While players can currently compete in the Arena Commander simulator, the PU is still waiting to receive it’s racing mechanics. The Alpha 2.5 patch brought in Grimhex - an asteroid station with a racecourse.
Read more sources of racing information in Star Citizen:
“Farming is certainly intended to be a viable profession within the Star Citizen universe, and depending upon the level of risk a player is willing to endure and the skill and knowledge that they bring to bear anything from a meager existence to an opulent lifestyle may be attained.”
There will probably be planet and space-based farming but it seems unlikely that certain foods will have to be consumed for survival mechanics.
Source: MISC Endeavour
Passenger Transport / Taxi driver
The galaxy is big and getting around can be expensive. It might be cheaper to hire a ride to get from one place to another than to bring out your own potentially expensive-to-run starship.
With planetary landings possible this means that the danger of players becoming stranded is a real possibility. Being able to pick up stranded players could pay handsomely depending on urgency and danger level of the location. Space Taxi profession confirmed!
There are very large player run organisations and it will be advantageous for other orgs to know where to strike. Infiltrated players into enemy factions will be a gameplay mechanic not for the faint-hearted.
Exploring in Star Citizen will sometimes result in unidentified items being discovered that will need to be scientifically processed with the right instrumentation to discover their composition and secrets. Although this mechanic is still far from being implemented, there is a little information out there hinting at potential gameplay.
Further reading: The Endeavor
Search & Rescue
Escape pods are and ejection seats have a use in Star Citizen. Sometimes players will be in need of rescue and there are dedicated S & R ships like the Drake Cutlass Red.
The Endeavour Hope Class is also a dedicated flying hospital:
"Dubbed ‘Hope-class’ by the United Empire of Earth, which uses the design as a troop support ship, the medical variant of the Endeavor comes standard with a Medical Bay and a Landing Bay attached."
As can be seen in these images, there are beverages in the verse of various effects. Star Citizen currently includes a mechanic for getting drunk (Video). Serving exotic drinks from around the verse at your bar on your spaceship may even be a lucrative profession!
Ships consume fuel to travel around the verse and there are dedicated refueling ships such as the Misc Starfarer in the game to make sure your fleet can travel that much farther into the unknown.
“Most of those who are willing to traverse on to the planets are xenoarchaeologists and tomb raiders. Despite the widespread devastation, thousands of structures have been identified on Hades’ graveyard worlds, and many more are believed to exist underground. Countless artifacts are taken (or stolen) from these sites each year, and it is believed that there are a number of ongoing, formal ‘outlaw’ operations running to try to locate some of the technology that the Hadesians used to destroy themselves.”
Let's face it, Star Citizen is a beautiful living universe that will have breathtaking vistas. There are luxurious ships in the game that are designed for space tourism. The Origin 890 Jump even has a boat hangar so that the lucky 1% can take out their speedboat for a spin... on distant planets.
For those with less UEC in their accounts, the Consolidated Outlander Mustang Beta offers the more traditional camper van in space experience.
The alien species in Star Citizen have their own detailed languages. This means that translators will be required to communicate with alien NPCs who do not speak english. Additionally, since alien relics, items and artifacts will be discoverable, it will be required to have accurate translations to identify components and other valuables retrieved. Read more about CIG’s creation of alien languages.