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|Overview:||Psychiatrists diagnose and treat mental, emotional and behavioral disorders ranging from paranoia and schizophrenia, severe stress, insomnia and anxiety. They search for causes of emotional problems and prescribe behavior modification and medication. They work closely with physicians.|
|Duties:||They diagnose and prescribe treatment for patients suffering from emotional and behavioral disorders. Interview, test and observe patients to determine specific type of disorder.
Analyze patient's past history, family, social and work environment to identify psycho-social stresses and physiological factors that contribute to the patient's disorder.
Prescribe medical and behavior modification activities to the patient. They counsel patients to help them gain insight into factors causing their anxieties or disorders.
Meet with patients periodically to assess their progress. May meet with and counsel patient's family members as a means of optimizing the patient's social environment.
|Degree(s):||A.S. Health Sciences
A.S. Liberal Arts and Sciences (Mathematics and Science)
|Job Outlook:||Employment of psychiatrists is expected to grow more slowly than average through 2018. Most likely to see growth will be residential facilities for people with developmental disabilities, mental illness, and substance abuse problems. There is a long-term trend toward treating psychiatric patients outside of hospitals to save costs. Job growth could be affected by changes in government funding of programs for the mentally ill.|
|Salary Range (National Average):||$110,000 to $125,000|
|Education Level:||This occupation generally requires an advanced degree (e.g. Ph.D.). The typical commitment is a minimum of 3 years of study beyond a Bachelor’s or Master’s Degree.|
|Additional Training/Education:||Training for psychiatrists consists of undergraduate and graduate school with a major in psychology plus graduation from a medical school with specialization in psychiatry. Following medical school, almost all psychiatrists spend five to seven years in a graduate medical education program called a residency. State licensing is required.|
Understanding acquiring positions in this field may be enhanced through continuing academic study (i.e. earning a baccalaureate or a master's degree) and/or work experience in the field, Queensborough Community College has established transfer agreements with other institutions for students who wish to further pursue their educational goals. Students are highly encouraged to meet with one of our Career Services Advisor to fully understand the opportunities available through study in their degree program.