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Learn About Being a Psychiatrist

What Does a Psychiatrist Do?

  • Conduct initial patient evaluations and take detailed medical histories.
  • Diagnose teens and children based on symptoms and prior medical treatment.
  • Treat psychiatric conditions in teens and young children using a conservative approach, which should include CBT.
  • Explain treatment plans to patients and their parents or guardians and provide familial support throughout treatment program.
  • Advocate for young patients, especially with regard to schools and other organizations.
  • Prescribe medication on a conservative basis to treat verifiable mental health diseases and conditions.

Typical Salary

  • Common salary in US: $172,348 yearly
  • Typical salaries range from $103,410 - $287,243 yearly
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Salary Distribution
yearly $103,410 $287,243

Common Requirements

  • Unrestricted state license to practice medicine required
  • 6+ years' experience in psychiatric practice
  • 2+ years' experience treating children and/or teens
  • Willingness to learn and follow clinic's standards of practice
  • Demonstrable ability to connect with and provide support for children
  • Current DEA permit required
  • Familiarity with EMR/EHR systems
  • Ability to pass background check and drug screening

Example Psychiatrist Job Description

Our suburban psychiatric practice needs a dedicated Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist to join our team. We're looking for a compassionate, devoted individual who enjoys working with children and teens to solve all types of problems, from serious mental illness to adjustment difficulties. The successful candidate will be the only medical staff member to focus on youths, which means he or she will be responsible for designing his or her own program and referring patients as necessary. We also have a Psychotherapist on staff who works with teens. We offer excellent benefits and generous paid leave.