Psychiatrist: What I long to Pusure

By: Caroline Marie Escobedo

When I discovered that being a Psychiatrist is me

Since I was little, I always felt a sense of joy after I've helped someone out with their problems. I always would ask to see the social worker in order to obtain more information on their occupation. But then I realized, I wanted to be more than just a social worker. I wanted to be a Psychiatrist.
Steps to Becoming a Psychiatrist

Career Research

What a psychiatrist does is help out people with their problems and/or disorders by talking to them. They also diagnose, treat, help prevent disorders of the mind.

Daily Tasks/Activities

  • Prescribe, direct, or administer psycho therapeutic 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.
  • Gather and maintain patient information and records, including social or medical history obtained from patients, relatives, or other professionals.
  • Examine or conduct laboratory or diagnostic tests on patients to provide information on general physical condition or mental disorder.
  • 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.

Preferred Job Skills

  1. Active Listening-Listen to patient's explanations.

  2. Writing- Write down information about the patients.

  3. Social Perceptiveness- Understanding of patient's verbal or body movement actions.

Work Environment

The work environment can be stressful at times when you are with patients, treating or diagnosing their disorders. You can find job opportunities in offices to start out. Eventually after you go to college, you can find employment opportunities in hospitals or other medical facilities.

Education and Training

The education and training that is needed is post doctoral training and doctoral or master’s degree. In O-net, they explain that, "Employees may need some on-the-job training, but most of these occupations assume that the person will already have the required skills, knowledge, work-related experience, and/or training.

Job Outlook

The job outlook is predicted to increase above the average rate by 8% every year by 2022.


The average starting salary is about $81 per hour (The National Annual salary is about $167,610).

Career Connections

Since social workers and Psychiatrists are similar, I decided to interview one of the East Leyden Social Workers named Arturo Martinez. He went to college and earned a masters degree in social work. He faced many challenges financially and mentally because he thought college wasn't important enough to spend money on since his parents went to school until six grade in Mexico. He explained to me that he mainly attends meetings, make appointments/meet with students and social worker groups, communicating on a daily basis. Mr. Martinez told me that the quote," Give a man a fish, feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish, feed him for a lifetime", defines his job. Although Mr. Martinez has to be patient at his job, he said that he doesn't give advice, but helps people find their own advice in order to help themselves.

High School Preparation

Related Courses

Although there isn't a specific course at Leyden that doesn't offer information about the Psychiatrist field, there is related courses I could take in order to gain experience in my chosen career. These are the following courses I could take at Leyden:

1.Psychology because in that course, I could learn about the human brain and people’s mental health, which is part of a psychiatrists’ job.

2. Sociology Honors because in that course, it focuses on human relationships, communication, and social problems. This course will help me gain experience before I pursue in being a psychiatrist.

Related clubs/Activities

To add, There aren't any specific clubs that would help out but there is one that I think would help out which is Key club and INTERACT. These clubs could be beneficial towards my career because they both involve in caring for others by helping out. One of a psychiatrist's jobs is to communicate and help out people, in which both clubs can help me gain experience for it.

Work and/or Volunteer Experience

An example of a position for work would be an employee at Walmart or any store that gives you automatic access to people. Although it's not directly a preparation job for a Psychiatrist, those jobs give you the opportunity to help out people if they ask questions and are in need of it.


References are the people that are your supporters and speak great things about you in a job situation. They are important when a job wants to know about you from others. Here are three out of my many references:

  1. Ms. Paulin-Global Studies teacher, School District #212

  2. Ms. French-English teacher, School District #212

  3. Mr. Gerber-Physical Science teacher, School District #212

My post secondary plan

After high school, I plan to attend college and get a part time job for both financially and experience purposes. The following are some of many colleges I'm considering to attend:

These are some of my college choices because they offer the major that can lead to the road to success: Clinical/Medical Social Work.

Internship/Apprenticeship Opportunities

For communications purposes, I could get a job at the library so I could practice on talking to people.


All in all, this project made me realize that being a Psychiatrist is surely me. With the help of many resources such as Naviance and O-net Online, it gave me a better understanding of what a Psychiatrist needs to do and how they help people. Now I know that my future career is a Psychiatrist!
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