Also known as Adult Psychiatrist, Child Adolescent Psychiatrist, Child Psychiatrist, Consulting Psychiatrist, Medical Doctor (MD), Outpatient Psychiatrist, Prison Psychiatrist, Psychiatrist, Staff Psychiatrist
Also known as Adult Psychiatrist, Child Adolescent Psychiatrist, Child Psychiatrist
Psychiatrists diagnose, treat, and help prevent mental disorders.
Psychiatrists are often responsible for overseeing or executing some or all of the following tasks:
The above responsibilities are specific to Psychiatrists. More generally, Psychiatrists are involved in several broader types of activities:
The median salary for a Psychiatrist is over $208,000, and the average salary is $217,100. Both the median and average roughly describe the middle of the Psychiatrist salary range, but the average is more easily affected by extremely high or low salaries.
Many Psychiatrists earn significantly more or less than the average, due to several factors. About 10% of Psychiatrists earn less than $69,470 per year, 25% earn less than $135,300, 75% earn more than $208,000, and 90% earn more than $208,000.
Between the years of 2020 and 2030, the number of Psychiatrists is expected to change by 12.5%, and there should be roughly 1,200 open positions for Psychiatrists every year.
Career interests describe a person's preferences for different types of working environments and activities. When a person's interest match the demands of an occupation, people are usually more engaged and satisfied in that role.
Compared to most occupations, those who work as a Psychiatrist are usually higher in their Investigative, Social, and Artistic interests.
Psychiatrists typically have very strong Investigative interests. Investigative occupations frequently involve working with ideas, and require an extensive amount of thinking. These occupations can involve searching for facts and figuring out problems mentally.
Also, Psychiatrists typically have strong Social interests. Social occupations frequently involve working with, communicating with, and teaching people. These occupations often involve helping or providing service to others.
Lastly, Psychiatrists typically have moderate Artistic interests. Artistic occupations frequently involve working with forms, designs and patterns. They often require self-expression and the work can be done without following a clear set of rules.
People differ in their values, or what is most important to them for building job satisfaction and fulfillment.
Compared to most people, those working as a Psychiatrist tend to value Achievement, Recognition, and Relationships.
Most importantly, Psychiatrists very strongly value Achievement. Occupations that satisfy this work value are results oriented and allow employees to use their strongest abilities, giving them a feeling of accomplishment.
Second, Psychiatrists very strongly value Recognition. Occupations that satisfy this work value offer advancement, potential for leadership, and are often considered prestigious.
Lastly, Psychiatrists very strongly value Relationships. Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to provide service to others and work with co-workers in a friendly non-competitive environment.
Each occupation brings its own set of psychological demands, which describe the characteristics necessary to perform the job well.
In order to perform their job successfully, people who work as Psychiatrists must consistently demonstrate qualities such as concern for others, integrity, and dependability.
Below, you'll find a list of qualities typically required of Psychiatrists, ranked by importance:
Many Psychiatrists have earned a graduate degree. For example, they may require a master's degree, and some require a doctoral degree, such as a Ph.D., M.D., or J.D..
Psychiatrists may need some on-the-job training, but most candidates will already have the required skills, knowledge, work-related experience, and/or training.
Psychiatrists may benefit from understanding of specialized subject areas, such as therapy and counseling, psychology, or medicine and dentistry knowledge.
The list below shows several areas in which most Psychiatrists might want to build proficiency, ranked by importance.
Psychiatrists must develop a particular set of abilities to perform their job well. Abilities are individual capacities that influence a person's information processing, sensory perception, motor coordination, and physical strength or endurance. Individuals may naturally have certain abilities without explicit training, but most abilities can be sharpened somewhat through practice.
For example, Psychiatrists need abilities such as oral comprehension, oral expression, and written comprehension in order to perform their job at a high level. The list below shows several important abilities for Psychiatrists, ranked by their relative importance.
Skills are developed capacities that enable people to function effectively in real-world settings. Unlike abilities, skills are typically easier to build through practice and experience. Skills influence effectiveness in areas such as learning, working with others, design, troubleshooting, and more.
Psychiatrists frequently use skills like active listening, social perceptiveness, and speaking to perform their job effectively. The list below shows several critical skills for Psychiatrists, ranked by their relative importance.
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