Child Psychiatrist

By: ShaQuindra Savage

What they do...?

Psychiatrists are mental health physicians who diagnose and treat mental illnesses through combinations of personal counseling, psychoanalysis, hospitalization, and medication.

Job Outlook

  • Employment of physicians and surgeons is projected to grow 18 percent from 2012 to 2022.
  • Job growth will occur because of the continued expansion of healthcare-related industries.

Psychiatrist get payed about $220,252 anually.

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Work Environment

  • Many physicians work in private offices or clinics, often with a small staff.
  • Increasingly, physicians are working in group practices, healthcare organizations, or hospitals, where they share a large number of patients with other doctors.
  • Most physicians and surgeons work full time.
  • Many physicians and surgeons work long, irregular, and overnight hours.

How do you become one?

  1. Physicians have demanding education and training requirements. Almost all physicians complete at least 4 years of undergraduate school, 4 years of medical school, and, depending on their specialty, 3 to 8 years in internship and residency programs.
  2. Most applicants to medical school have at least a bachelor's degree
  3. Although no specific major is required, all students must complete undergraduate work in biology, chemistry, physics, mathematics, and English.
  4. All states require physicians and surgeons to be licensed; requirements vary by state