Psychiatrists

Military Career

General Information

Description

Psychiatrists in the Military diagnose and treat personnel and their families who are experiencing mental distress. They meet with patients and review psychiatric histories to arrive at a clinical diagnosis and recommend or provide treatment, including psychotherapy and medication. Some psychiatrists specialize in treating children and adolescents.

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Work Environment

Psychiatrists work in hospitals and clinics on land and aboard ships.

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

Comparable Industries

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

Service Branches

Jobs in this career field may be available in other service branches. Call or email a particular branch for more info.

  • Army
  • Marine Corps
  • Navy
  • Air Force
  • Coast Guard

Military Status

  • Officer
    • Managerial/professional
    • College degree required

Military Workforce

Psychiatrists in the Military

334

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Salary

Average Salary

$124,929

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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%

Military training

Officers typically enter the Military after they have completed a four-year college degree; enlisted service members can transition to officer positions through a variety of pathways and earn a degree while serving. Job training for psychiatrists primarily consists of on-the-job learning in various training environments. Scholarships for advanced medical training are available in return for an obligated period of military service. Qualifying students benefit through unique training experiences and get to attend certain military short courses designed to develop tactical, technical and operational skills unique to the military environment. Like other officers working in healthcare, they complete a comprehensive training program covering responsibilities, orientation to military structure, healthcare and etiquette, traditions, and leadership development.

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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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