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.

  • 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
  • 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
Work/Life Balance
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Avg. Experience8+ years

Psychiatrist Salaries

Average Base Pay

$327,969 /yr
Same as national average
Not including cash compensation
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Median: $328K
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