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Mental Health

Psychiatrist

Career data updated last on 9/22/2014
Psychiatrist Psychiatrists are medical doctors who specialize in diagnosing, treating and preventing mental and emotional problems. Sometimes these problems are severe, long-term or related to physical diseases and the psychiatrist, as a physician, can order tests and prescribe medications that can help. The psychiatrist often works as part of a treatment team, including nurses, social workers, psychologists, occupational therapists and when possible, the patient's family.
Salary $95.12 hourly- $197,850 annually
Significant Points Physicians are much more likely to work as salaried employees of group medical practices, clinics, or health care networks than in the past.
Specializations Psychiatrists may specialize in several areas such as the following:
  • Forensic psychiatry
  • Geriatric psychiatry
  • Addiction psychiatry
  • Child and adolescent psychiatry
  • Administrative psychiatry
  • Military psychiatry
  • Alcohol and substance abuse psychiatry
  • Work Environment Psychiatrists work in many settings including community mental health centers, psychiatric hospitals, private practice, the military and medical schools. They may combine private practice with work at a community mental health center or hospital.
    High School Prep General college preparation is recommended: three courses in math including algebra I, algebra II and geometry, or a higher level math course for which algebra II is a prerequisite; three science courses including one biological science, one physical science and one lab course; four English units and two social studies units, including one in U.S. History; and two years of a second language.
    Academic Requirements Training as a psychiatrist comes after completion of a baccalaureate degree and a four-year medical degree. College students headed for medical school take required courses in the biological and physical sciences (general and organic chemistry, physics, biology, mathematics) as well as liberal arts courses. After receiving a M.D. or O.D. degree, the future psychiatrist enters a training period called a residency, of four years, which includes supervision by senior physicians and instruction in many aspects of psychiatric assessment, diagnosis and treatment. Certification can then be sought from the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. State licensure from the Colorado Board of Medical Examiners is required to practice psychiatry.

    Schools/Organizations

    University of Colorado Denver - Anschutz Medical Campus
    Doctoral Degree Doctoral

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