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Psychiatrists are physicians who attend to patients' mental, emotional, and behavioral symptoms. They try to help people function better in their daily lives. Psychiatrists generally specialize by treatment methods, based on their chosen fields. They may explore a patient's beliefs and history. They may prescribe medicine, including tranquilizers, antipsychotics, and antidepressants. If they specialize in treating children, they may use play therapy. There are 24,060 psychiatrists employed in the United States.

Salary Range

$50,000 to $100,000+

Minimum Education Level

Medical Degree

Certification/License

Required

Outlook

Much Faster than the Average
Personality Traits

Outgoing

Problem-Solving

Scientific

Career Ladder
Consultant, or Professor, or Researcher

Administrator or Manager of a Psychiatric Department

Psychiatrist

Medical Resident

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