What does a Psychiatrist do?

Psychiatrists evaluate, diagnose, and treat patients with mental, emotional, and behavioral disorders. They conduct thorough psychiatric evaluations, develop treatment plans, prescribe medication, and evaluate treatment results. Psychiatrists can work in a variety of settings, including hospitals, private practices, clinics, and nursing homes.

Psychiatrists are required to complete extensive education. Psychiatrists must have a medical degree from an accredited medical school, complete a residency program in psychiatry, be board certified in psychiatry, and be licensed to practice medicine in the state of practice. Licensure requirements vary by state, but usually involve taking an exam that specifically includes regulations unique to the state of practice. The best psychiatrists are very perceptive, have strong listening skills, and are excellent critical thinkers.

What responsibilities are common for Psychiatrist jobs?
  • Assess and screen patients by conducting psychiatric evaluations, including interviews, medical histories, phsyical exams, observations, and psychological testing
  • Analyze data and results of assessments to diagnose patients
  • Prescribe and administer medications according to diagnosis
  • Monitor patients to determine efficacy and potential side effects of medications
  • Develop a treatment plan, measure progress against the plan, and make adjustments as needed
  • Provide crisis intervention as needed
  • Complete all necessary clincial documentation in an accurate and timely manner
  • Collaborate with a broader team of physicians, psychologists, and nurses to assess and adjust treament plans
  • Coordinate and communicate with case managers and other stakeholders about treatment and care
What are the typical qualifications for Psychiatrist jobs?
  • Current and valid board certification in psychiatry
  • Medical degree from an accredited medical school and completion of an approved psychiatric residency
  • Licensed to practice medicine in state of practice
  • Current DEA registration
  • Excellent knowledge and familiarity with current DSM criteria
  • Familiar with crisis assessment tools and techniques
  • Strong working knowledge of general psychiatric principles and practices
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills
EducationBachelor's Degree
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Avg. Experience8+ years

How much does a Psychiatrist make?

$276,805 /yr
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Psychiatrist Career Path

Learn how to become a Psychiatrist, what skills and education you need to succeed, and what level of pay to expect at each step on your career path.

Director of Psychiatry

Years of Experience Distribution

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5 - 7
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Read what Psychiatrist professionals have to say about their job experiences and view top companies for this career.
Center for Life ManagementCenter for Life Management
Mobil Crisis
Aug 3, 2022

“It's community mental health so the pay is not the best but it is great compared to some other places”

LifeStance HealthLifeStance Health
Jan 11, 2022

“Finally excellent compensation structure including stock options ( which is unheard of in this field up until this point).”

Hewlett Packard Enterprise | HPEHewlett Packard Enterprise | HPE
Installed Base Specialist
Jan 28, 2021

“It also feels as though there is no opportunity for career growth at this point.”

Claim GeniusClaim Genius
Currently Employed
Oct 3, 2022

“I feel this the best startup one should join super friendly environment never seen before.”

Morley BuildersMorley Builders
Sep 1, 2022

“Bonuses are great when projects and revenues are plentiful.”

Physician Affiliate Group of New YorkPhysician Affiliate Group of New York
Attending Psychiatrist
Aug 7, 2022

“Good good good good goos”

Amen ClinicsAmen Clinics
Nov 11, 2021

“Good job security and there is a steady stream of clients.”

Mastermind Escape GamesMastermind Escape Games
Currently Employed
Jul 7, 2021

“Great pay plus tips and bonuses.”

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Frequently asked questions about the roles and responsibilities of a Psychiatrist

When working as a Psychiatrist, the most common skills you will need to perform your job and for career success are Graduate Medical Education, Reviews, Treating, English, and Diagnosis.

The most similar professions to Psychiatrist are:
  • Pediatrician
  • Primary Care Physician
  • Physician
  • Internal Medicine Physician

The most common qualifications to become a Psychiatrist include a minimum of a Bachelor's Degree and an average of 0 - 1 years of experience not including years spent in education and/or training.

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