Geriatric Psychiatrists

Psychiatrist in Session with Older Couple

Geriatric psychiatrists are physicians who attend to elderly patients' mental, emotional, and behavioral symptoms. They treat older patients who may suffer from dementia or depression or have other mental illnesses, and employ different methods to help them function better in their daily lives. For example, geriatric psychiatrists may prescribe medicine, including tranquilizers, antipsychotics, and antidepressants, to help their patients feel better. The medication may also be combined with another therapeutic approach, such as talk therapy. In addition, geriatric psychiatrists may assist nursing home staff and other caregivers in developing individualized treatment programs and approaches designed to bring improvement to patients.

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Quick Facts
Alternate Title(s) None
Duties Treat elderly patients who may suffer from dementia or who have depression or have other mental or emotional illnesses
Salary Range $50,000 to $100,000+
Work Environment Primarily Indoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Nationwide; opportunities best in areas of the U.S.—such as the Southwest and Gulf Coast—with large numbers of senior citizens
Minimum Education Level
  • Medical Degree
School Subjects
  • Biology
  • English
  • Psychology
Experience Residency and fellowship required
Personality Traits
  • Helpful
  • Problem-Solving
  • Scientific
  • Interpersonal
  • Organizational
  • Scientific
Certification or Licensing Required
Special Requirements None
Employment Prospects Excellent
Advancement Prospects Good
Outlook Much Faster than the Average
Career Ladder
  • Health Administrator, or College Professor, or Medical Researcher
  • Geriatric Psychiatrist
  • Medical Resident