Psychiatrist Career Guide

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Real-Life Psychiatrist Job Profiles

Below is a list of links to anonymous job profiles of REAL PEOPLE who have filled out our survey and offered to share their insights with our users about their job in the Psychiatrist field.
IDJob TitleGenderAgeEarningsCity & StateDate
33358Addiction PsychiatryMale22 $275,000Long Beach, CA01/01/2010
32716Psychiatric Technician AssistantFemale39 $28,070porterville, NY01/01/2010


Like a psychologist, a psychiatrist is a doctor who specializes in psychiatric health. Unlike a psychologist, a psychiatrist must complete medical school and specialized training. It typically takes at least eight years to become a psychiatrist.

People who enjoy helping others work through problems are good candidates. Compassion, patience, attention to detail, and good listening skills are essential for success. Psychiatrists may work in hospitals, mental health facilities, or in private care. In some cases, they may work remotely from home.

Psychiatrists evaluate patients for mental health issues. Since they are doctors, they are able to prescribe psychiatric medications and treatment regimens. In hospitals, they typically provide consultations for patients and monitor patients who are admitted and have mental issues. In long-term mental health facilities, they monitor patients, adjust medications as necessary, and develop treatment plans. When working remotely, they may provide counseling and may evaluate cases that are sent to them from other health facilities.

The best way to learn what it is really like to be a psychiatrist is to read what practiced psychiatrists have to say about their careers and personal experiences. That is why we created our real-world career profiles through one-on-one interviews with professionals. To learn more about a career as a psychiatrist, check out our career profiles below.

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