Physicians who diagnose, treat, and help prevent disorders of the mind.
Related job titles:
Psychiatrist, Staff Psychiatrist, Child Psychiatrist, Consulting Psychiatrist, Prison Psychiatrist
Annual Median Wage: $170,350
University of Phoenix
Grand Canyon University
Projected growth: Faster than average (20% to 28%)
Prescribe, direct, or administer psychotherapeutic treatments or medications to treat mental, emotional, or behavioral disorders.
Analyze and evaluate patient data or test findings to diagnose nature or extent of mental disorder.
Collaborate with physicians, psychologists, social workers, psychiatric nurses, or other professionals to discuss treatment plans and progress.
Design individualized care plans, using a variety of treatments.
Gather and maintain patient information and records, including social or medical history obtained from patients, relatives, or other professionals.
Counsel outpatients or other patients during office visits.
Examine or conduct laboratory or diagnostic tests on patients to provide information on general physical condition or mental disorder.
Advise or inform guardians, relatives, or significant others of patients' conditions or treatment.
Teach, take continuing education classes, attend conferences or seminars, or conduct research and publish findings to increase understanding of mental, emotional, or behavioral states or disorders.
Review and evaluate treatment procedures and outcomes of other psychiatrists or medical professionals.
Prepare and submit case reports or summaries to government or mental health agencies.
Serve on committees to promote or maintain community mental health services or delivery systems.
Social Perceptiveness - Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
Writing - Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
Judgment and Decision Making - Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
Monitoring - Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
Active Learning - Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
Science - Using scientific rules and methods to solve problems.
Nursing Instructors and Teachers, Postsecondary
Source: O*NET OnLine information for Psychiatrists.