What does a Psychiatrist do?
Psychiatrists work at hospitals, mental health clinics and private practices to provide care to people with mental health conditions. They often work alongside a Psychologist to combine medication with cognitive or behavioral therapy as part of a mental health treatment plan. Psychiatrists meet with patients and evaluate their behavior by asking questions and administering psychological tests. They determine the possible causes of disordered behavior, decide if a patient could benefit from medication and explain the process of starting a new psychiatric medication. Psychiatrists closely observe the progress of their patients to determine the impact of different treatments and make adjustments.
Psychiatrist skills and qualifications
Psychiatrists should have the following skills and qualifications to provide the most comprehensive support and care to their patients:
- Sensitivity and perceptiveness
- Deductive and inductive reasoning skills
- Good written and verbal communication skills
- Listening skills
- Ability to remain calm under stress
- Empathy and compassion
- Knowledge of psychiatric medications
Psychiatrist salary expectations
A Psychiatrist makes an average salary of $218,647 per year. Salary is based on a candidate’s education, level of experience and geographical location.
Psychiatrist education and training requirements
Psychiatrists must have a medical degree, have completed an approved psychiatric residency and be licensed to practice medicine in their location. They must also have a board certification in psychiatry and have a current Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) registration in order to prescribe certain medications.
Psychiatrist experience requirements
Experience for Psychiatrists may vary according to the specific job requirements. Psychiatrists gain much of their experience through their psychiatric residency during their degree program. Any applicant should have experience to some extent in a clinical setting, either in a private practice or hospital setting. Due to the extensive education and experience requirements for Psychiatrists to earn their degree, most recent graduates are immediately eligible for a Psychiatrist position.
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