SOC: 29-1066.00


Physicians who diagnose, treat, and help prevent disorders of the mind.

National Salary Information:

Hourly Statistics:

Annual Statistics:

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 wage data.

Employment Projections:

Employment (2014):
28,200 employed

Projected (2024):
32,400 employed

Projected growth (2014-2024)

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 2014-2024 employment projections external site. "Projected growth" represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2014-2024). "Projected job openings" represent openings due to growth and replacement.

Alternate Titles:

  • Addiction Psychiatrist
  • Adult Psychiatrist
  • Behavioral Analyst
  • Behavioral Specialist
  • Child & Adolescent Psychiatrist
  • Child Psychiatrist
  • Clinical Director
  • Clinical Psychiatrist
  • Consulting Psychiatrist
  • Doctor
  • Forensic Psychiatrist
  • Geriatric Psychiatrist
  • Medical Director
  • Medical Doctor (MD)
  • Neuropsychiatrist
  • Outpatient Psychiatrist
  • Pediatric Psychiatrist
  • Physicians and Surgeons
  • Prison Psychiatrist
  • Psychiatrist
  • Psychoanalyst
  • Staff Psychiatrist
  • Treatment Coordinator

  • Job Zone Five: Extensive Preparation Needed


    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.


    Most of these occupations require graduate school. For example, they may require a master's degree, and some require a Ph.D., M.D., or J.D. (law degree).

    Job Training:

    Employees may need some on-the-job training, but most of these occupations assume that the person will already have the required skills, knowledge, work-related experience, and/or training.

    Required Skills:

  • Reading Comprehension
  • Active Listening
  • Writing
  • Speaking
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Critical Thinking
  • Active Learning
  • Learning Strategies
  • Monitoring
  • Social Perceptiveness
  • Coordination
  • Persuasion
  • Negotiation
  • Instructing
  • Service Orientation
  • Complex Problem Solving
  • Operations Analysis
  • Technology Design
  • Programming
  • Operation Monitoring
  • Judgment and Decision Making
  • Systems Analysis
  • Systems Evaluation
  • Time Management
  • Management of Financial Resources
  • Management of Material Resources
  • Management of Personnel Resources

  • Knowledge Used:

  • Administration and Management
  • Clerical
  • Economics and Accounting
  • Sales and Marketing
  • Customer and Personal Service
  • Personnel and Human Resources
  • Computers and Electronics
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Chemistry
  • Biology
  • Psychology
  • Sociology and Anthropology
  • Geography
  • Medicine and Dentistry
  • Therapy and Counseling
  • Education and Training
  • English Language
  • Foreign Language
  • History and Archeology
  • Philosophy and Theology
  • Public Safety and Security
  • Law and Government
  • Telecommunications
  • Communications and Media
  • Transportation

  • Tasks:

  • Analyze and evaluate patient data or test findings to diagnose nature or extent of mental disorder.
  • Prescribe, direct, or administer psychotherapeutic treatments or medications to treat mental, emotional, or behavioral disorders.
  • Collaborate with physicians, psychologists, social workers, psychiatric nurses, or other professionals to discuss treatment plans and progress.
  • Gather and maintain patient information and records, including social or medical history obtained from patients, relatives, or other professionals.
  • Counsel outpatients or other patients during office visits.
  • Design individualized care plans, using a variety of treatments.
  • Examine or conduct laboratory or diagnostic tests on patients to provide information on general physical condition or mental disorder.
  • Advise or inform guardians, relatives, or significant others of patients' conditions or treatment.
  • Review and evaluate treatment procedures and outcomes of other psychiatrists or medical professionals.
  • Prepare and submit case reports or summaries to government or mental health agencies.
  • Serve on committees to promote or maintain community mental health services or delivery systems.
  • 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.

  • Tools & Technology:

  • Desktop computers
  • Electronic blood pressure units
  • Laptop computers
  • Manual blood pressure units
  • Mechanical stethoscopes
  • Personal computers
  • Personal digital assistants PDA
  • Tablet computers
  • ADL Data Systems OptimumClinicals Electronic Health Record
  • Advantage Software Psych Advantage
  • Blumenthal Software PBSW24
  • Cerner ProFile
  • Computer Assisted Diagnostic Interview CADI software
  • Eclipsys Sunrise Clinical Manager
  • 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
  • Microsoft Excel
  • Microsoft Office software
  • Microsoft Outlook
  • Microsoft Word
  • 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
  • Web browser software

  • healthcare practitioners and technical

    industry stats

    SOC: 29-0000

    Total Employed: 8,021,800

    Average Annual Salary: $77,800