The Very Best Professions to Try in Stardew Valley

Just like in real life career choices, Stardew Valley must get you really engaged trying to figure out which profession best suits you. Well, every profession will have a bundle of pros and cons, so knowing them beforehand help. When your skill reaches level 5, you will make a choice between two professions, and with the next 5 levels, you will also choose between two professions based on the skills you initially chose.

Without further ado, let’s dive in and find out what works and when it works best.stardew valley mining

Stardew Valley Best Professions: Mining

The mining profession will increase when you break rocks: with each level adding 1 to your Pickaxe Proficiency. Whatever destroys rocks will add you mining skill points, whether it is via bombing, pickaxe action, or monsters.

Level 1 Level 2 Level 3 Level 4 Level 5
Crafting Recipes: Crafting Recipes: Cooking Recipes: Crafting Recipes: Miner Geologist
Cherry Bomb Staircase Miner’s Treat Transmute (Fe)
Level 6 Level 7 Level 8 Level 9 Level 10
Bomb Transmute (Au) Mega Bomb Crystalarium Blacksmith Excavator
Prospector Gemologist

When you get to level 5, you can become a Miner or a Geologist. This determines what profession you will pursue later on in level 10: a Miner can either be a Blacksmith or a Prospector and a Geologist can either be an Excavator or a Gemologist.

Miner (Blacksmith/Prospector)

As a Blacksmith, your value of metal bars increases by 50%.

As a Prospector, you increase your chances of finding coal by 100%.

Geologist- (Excavator/Gemologist)

As an Excavator your chances of finding coal are doubled but you still can make it a lucrative endeavor by farming it from dust sprites at about 40-80 levels.

As a Gemologist, you chance yourself on getting some good stuff from the geodes for the residents of Pelican Town.

Foraging Professions

Foraging involves gathering items- known as forage- which is located on the ground and by deforesting the valley.

Most forage items generate seven points including picking up a Truffle. This also includes harvesting forage crops and from Wild Seeds.

Harvesting Spring Onions grown in Cindersap generates only 3 points.

Chopping trees generates 12 foraging points but large stumps and large logs garner a cool 25 points.

 

Level 1 Level 2 Level 3 Level 4 Level 5
Crafting Recipes: Cooking recipes Crafting Recipes Crafting Recipes Choose profession
Wild Seeds (Sp)

Field Snack

Trees may drop their seeds depending on season

Survival Burger Tapper Charcoal Kiln

Wild Seeds (Su)

+1 Wild Berry harvesting

Forester

Or;

Gatherer

Level 6 Level 7 Level 8 Level 9 Level 10
Crafting Recipes: Cooking recipes Crafting Recipes Crafting Recipes Choose profession
Lightning Rod

Wild Seeds

Warp Totem: Beach

Wild Seeds

Warp Totem: Mountains

Warp Totem: Farm

+1 Berry harvesting

Rain Totem Forester (Lumberjack/Tapper)

Or;

Gatherer (Botanist/Tracker)

 

At Level 5, you will need to choose between becoming a Forester and Gatherer. If you undertake the Forester profession, you will need to choose again at level 10 between becoming a Lumberjack and a Tapper. As a gatherer, you can become a Botanist or a Tracker.

Forester (Lumberjack/Tapper)

As a Lumberjack, you have a chance to chop down 12 hardwood trees in a single day. The profession is good if you loved performing a lot of crafting.stardew valley forester

As a Tapper, be ready to make a lot of syrup. This profession is particularly interesting if you love being an Artisan.

Gatherer (Botanist/Tracker)

You have gotten to level 10 and you have chosen to become a Botanist. Be ready to gather high quality foraged items. If you choose the Tracker profession, you will need some foraged items for ingredients for cooking.

Fishing Professions

Level 1 Level 2 Level 3 Level 4 Level 5
Cooking recipes Crafting Recipes Crafting Recipes Choose profession
. Bait

. Fiberglass Rod & Bait unlocked in Willy’s Fish Shop

. Crab Pot

. Dish o’ The Sea

. Crab Pot unlocked in Willy’s Fish Shop

. Recycling Machine

. Casting distance increased by one tile

Fisher

Or;

Trapper

Level 6 Level 7 Level 8 Level 9 Level 10
Crafting Recipes: Crafting recipes Crafting Recipes Crafting Recipes Choose profession
. Spinner

. Trap Bobber

. Iridium Rod, Lead Bobber, Spinner, & Trap Bobber unlocked in Willy’s Fish Shop

. Cork Bobber Treasure Hunter

. Cork Bobber & Treasure Hunter unlocked in Willy’s Fish Shop

. Worm Bin

. Barbed Hook

. Dressed Spinner

. Barbed Hook & Dressed Spinner unlocked in Willy’s Fish Shop

. Casting distance increased by one tile

. Magnet

. Magnet unlocked in Willy’s Fish Shop

Fisher (Angler /Pirate)

Or;

Trapper (Mariner/Luremaster)

You raise your fishing skill by catching Fish, Crab Pots or Trash. Increase in a level translates in an increase in the minimum fish size, a bobber bar height raise, and the maximum amount of time before fish bite reduces significantly.

Your increase in Fishing Skill increases the chance of finding silverfish.