Psychiatrists

Health Science > Therapeutic Services

Projected Growth: Much faster than average

1400+
Projected Job Openings

Extensive Preparation Needed

Job Description

Your job is to Physicians who diagnose, treat, and help prevent disorders of the mind.

Common job titles of Psychiatrists include:
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Experience and Education

Extensive skill, knowledge, and experience are needed for these occupations. Many require more than five years of experience. For example, surgeons must complete four years of college and an additional five to seven years of specialized medical training to be able to do their job.

  • 58.53% said they needed a Post-Doctoral Training.

  • 34.18% said they needed a Doctoral Degree.

Tasks & Responsibilities

Essential Tasks

    Advise or inform guardians, relatives, or significant others of patients' conditions or treatment.

    Examine or conduct laboratory or diagnostic tests on patients to provide information on general physical condition or mental disorder.

    Counsel outpatients or other patients during office visits.

    Collaborate with physicians, psychologists, social workers, psychiatric nurses, or other professionals to discuss treatment plans and progress.

    Prescribe, direct, or administer psychotherapeutic treatments or medications to treat mental, emotional, or behavioral disorders.

    Gather and maintain patient information and records, including social or medical history obtained from patients, relatives, or other professionals.

    Design individualized care plans, using a variety of treatments.

    Analyze and evaluate patient data or test findings to diagnose nature or extent of mental disorder.


Regular Tasks

    Review and evaluate treatment procedures and outcomes of other psychiatrists or medical professionals.

    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.

    Prepare and submit case reports or summaries to government or mental health agencies.


Occasional Tasks

    Serve on committees to promote or maintain community mental health services or delivery systems.

What Tools and Technologies do Psychiatrists use?

Tools

Tablet computers

Personal digital assistants PDA

Personal computers

Mechanical stethoscopes

Manual blood pressure units

Laptop computers

Electronic blood pressure units

All Tools

Desktop computers

Technologies

Epic Systems

MEDITECH software

ADL Data Systems OptimumClinicals Electronic Health Record

Advantage Software Psych Advantage

Allscripts Sunrise Clinical Manager

Blumenthal Software PBSW24

Cerner ProFile

All Technologies

Computer Assisted Diagnostic Interview CADI software

Electronic medical record EMR software

Epic EpicCare Inpatient Clinical System

FifthWalk BillingTracker Pro

GE Healthcare Centricity EMR

ICANotes

Integrated Systems Management OmniMD

MDofficeManager MediVoxx

MEDITECH Behavioral Health Clinicals

Netsmart Technologies Avatar Clinical Workstation CWS

Practice management software PMS

Psychiatric assessment software

Psychiatric information databases

Sigmund Software Sigmund Enterprise Management

SoftPsych Psychiatric Diagnosis

Texas Medical Software SpringCharts EMR

UnisonCare UniCharts

Virtual reality software

What Skills Do Psychiatrists Need to Have?

Skills

Active Listening

Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.

Social Perceptiveness

Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.

Speaking

Talking to others to convey information effectively.

Critical Thinking

Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

Reading Comprehension

Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.

Writing

Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.

Judgment and Decision Making

Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.

Active Learning

Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.

Monitoring

Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.

Coordination

Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.

Science

Using scientific rules and methods to solve problems.

Service Orientation

Actively looking for ways to help people.

Complex Problem Solving

Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.

Learning Strategies

Selecting and using training/instructional methods and procedures appropriate for the situation when learning or teaching new things.

Persuasion

Persuading others to change their minds or behavior.

Instructing

Teaching others how to do something.

Negotiation

Bringing others together and trying to reconcile differences.

Operations Analysis

Analyzing needs and product requirements to create a design.

Systems Analysis

Determining how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect outcomes.

Systems Evaluation

Identifying measures or indicators of system performance and the actions needed to improve or correct performance, relative to the goals of the system.

Time Management

Managing one's own time and the time of others.

Abilities

Cognitive Abilities › Verbal Abilities › Oral Comprehension

Listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.

Cognitive Abilities › Verbal Abilities › Oral Expression

Communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.

Cognitive Abilities › Verbal Abilities › Written Comprehension

Read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.

Cognitive Abilities › Verbal Abilities › Written Expression

Communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.

Cognitive Abilities › Idea Generation and Reasoning Abilities › Deductive Reasoning

Apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.

Cognitive Abilities › Idea Generation and Reasoning Abilities › Inductive Reasoning

Combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).

Cognitive Abilities › Idea Generation and Reasoning Abilities › Problem Sensitivity

Tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.

Auditory and Speech Abilities › Sensory Abilities › Speech Recognition

Identify and understand the speech of another person.

Auditory and Speech Abilities › Sensory Abilities › Speech Clarity

Speak clearly so others can understand you.

Cognitive Abilities › Idea Generation and Reasoning Abilities › Category Flexibility

Generate or use different sets of rules for combining or grouping things in different ways.

Cognitive Abilities › Idea Generation and Reasoning Abilities › Information Ordering

Arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).

Everything Psychiatrists Should Know…

Knowledge

Therapy and Counseling

Knowledge of principles, methods, and procedures for diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation of physical and mental dysfunctions, and for career counseling and guidance.

Psychology

Knowledge of human behavior and performance; individual differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; psychological research methods; and the assessment and treatment of behavioral and affective disorders.

Medicine and Dentistry

Knowledge of the information and techniques needed to diagnose and treat human injuries, diseases, and deformities. This includes symptoms, treatment alternatives, drug properties and interactions, and preventive health-care measures.

English Language

Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

Biology

Knowledge of plant and animal organisms, their tissues, cells, functions, interdependencies, and interactions with each other and the environment.

Education and Training

Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.

Sociology and Anthropology

Knowledge of group behavior and dynamics, societal trends and influences, human migrations, ethnicity, cultures and their history and origins.

Administration and Management

Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.

Philosophy and Theology

Knowledge of different philosophical systems and religions. This includes their basic principles, values, ethics, ways of thinking, customs, practices, and their impact on human culture.

Computers and Electronics

Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.

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