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Mind Medicine: The Field of Psychiatry

Mind Medicine: The Field of Psychiatry

by Joe Taylor
January 26, 2010

Psychiatrists play a critical role in the mental rehabilitation of patients who have suffered loss, battled abuse, or simply need someone to talk to.

A Different Kind of Doctor?

A psychiatrist is a medical doctor (MD) who treats different types of mental challenges or illnesses. They have earned a bachelor's degree and attended medical school, earning a psychiatry degree. With an understanding of the causes of emotional and mental patterns, they administer treatment through the forms of conversation, mental exercises, medication, and more.

The Working Life of a Psychiatrist

After earning your psychiatry degree from medical school, a variety of psychiatry jobs will be available to you. Some psychiatry jobs are offered at a hospital site, where you join the hospital faculty and see patients at a hospital office. Another common psychiatry job exists in private practice, where psychiatrists see patients at a private office or residence. 

Psychiatry jobs involve typical working hours of a physician or surgeon. Two years ago, the average psychiatry job paid an average salary of $173,922, although this varies depending on location, experience, and patient population.

The road to a career in psychiatry starts with one thing: education. Research your psychiatry degree and start on your way to a rewarding career healing the minds of patients. Begin by taking courses at campus or online schools to gauge your level of interest in the subject matter.


About the Author
Author and business coach, Joe Taylor Jr. helps professionals change careers. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Communications from Ithaca College.