Psychiatrists

General Information

Description

Physicians who diagnose, treat, and help prevent disorders of the mind.

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Business Breakdown

People in this career work in these sectors.

  1. Private, for profit40.58%
  2. Private, not for profit27.39%
  3. Self-employed20.54%
  4. State and local government7.09%
  5. Federal government4.32%

Workplace at a Glance

What you can expect to experience while on the job

  • Responsibility
  • Exposure to job hazards
  • Physical activity
  • Decision making
  • Repetitiveness
  • Level of competition
  • Time pressure

Industry areas

  • Offices of Physicians
  • Psychiatric and Substance Abuse Hospitals
  • General Medical and Surgical Hospitals

Job Outlook

Overall employment of physicians and surgeons is projected to grow 15 percent from 2016 to 2026, much faster than the average for all occupations. The growing and aging population is expected to drive overall growth in the demand for physician services. As the older population grows and rates of chronic illnesses increase, consumers will seek high levels of care that use the latest technologies, diagnostic tests, and therapies. Demand for physicians and surgeons is expected to increase despite factors that can temper growth. New technologies, such as improved information technologies or remote monitoring, are expected to allow physicians to treat more patients in the same amount of time. If adopted, new technologies can reduce the number of physicians who would be needed to complete the same tasks. In addition, physician assistants and nurse practitioners can do many of the routine duties of physicians and may be used to reduce costs at hospitals and doctor’s offices. Demand for physicians’ services is sensitive to changes in healthcare reimbursement policies. Consumers may seek fewer physician services if changes to health coverage result in higher out-of-pocket costs for them.

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Salary

Average Salary

Salary

$208,000+

Military salary*

$124,929

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State-by-state Salary

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$208,000+
$65,360
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Education

Most Common Education Levels

People in this career achieve this level of education.

  • Post-doctoral training 58%
  • Doctoral degree 34%
  • Master's degree 5%
  • First professional degree 1%
  • High school 0%
  • Some college 0%
  • Bachelor's degree 0%
  • Associate's degree 0%
  • Post baccalaureate 0%
  • Less than high school 0%
  • Post-master's certificate 0%
  • Post-secondary certificate 0%

Knowledge

  • Therapy and Counseling
  • Psychology
  • Medicine and Dentistry
  • English Language
  • Education and Training

Skills at a Glance

Skills helpful in this career

  • Verbal skills
  • Critical thinking & problem solving
  • Equipment operation & maintenance
  • Math & science skills
  • Technology design & control
  • Leadership
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