Psychiatrist

The career I chose was a psychiatrist because I think it seems very interesting and it is something that I would like to maybe do in my future. This career interested me because it involves helping people and they make quite a bit of money.

Psychiatrists are medical doctors that attend to patients' mental, emotional, and behavioral symptoms. Depending on what field of psychiatry, there are many different treatments that are used. They may prescribe medicine, including tranquilizers, antipsychotics, and antidepressants. A Child psychiatrist may also use play therapy.

Psychiatrists normally work regular hours, those in private practice make their own schedule usually to suit their patients' time needs. Many psychiatrists in private practice work some nights and weekends to see patients who cannot take time off during business hours. Psychiatrists can make any where from $55,000 to $165,000 depending on where they work and what kind of psychiatry they do. The work place environment is almost always a comfortable office setting that will put the patient at ease. Psychiatrists must have a limited attitude, their values may be totally different than their patients but they still cannot say anything and judge their patients. This would probably be difficult for me because I might find it hard to work with people that don't have the same views as me but then again, they would be coming to me for help.

There are only about 22,000 psychiatrists in the U.S., which makes the opportunities for private practice and salaried positions excellent. Some private psychiatrists also work as hospital staff members, consultants, lecturers, or teachers. Salaried psychiatrists may work in private hospitals, state hospitals, and community mental health centers or in government agencies, such as, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the Department of Defense, and the Veterans Administration.

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