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Also called: Child Psychiatrist, Outpatient Psychiatrist, Psychiatrist, Staff Psychiatrist

What they do:
Physicians who diagnose, treat, and help prevent disorders of the mind.
On the job, you would:
  • Prescribe, direct, or administer psychotherapeutic treatments or medications to treat mental, emotional, or behavioral disorders.
  • Gather and maintain patient information and records, including social or medical history obtained from patients, relatives, or other professionals.
  • Design individualized care plans, using a variety of treatments.


  • therapy and counseling
  • medicine and dentistry
Math and Science
  • psychology
  • biology
Arts and Humanities
  • English language
  • philisophy and religion
  • customer service


Basic Skills
  • listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions
  • talking to others
Problem Solving
  • noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it
  • understanding people's reactions
  • changing what is done based on other people's actions


  • listen and understand what people say
  • communicate by speaking
Ideas and Logic
  • make general rules or come up with answers from lots of detailed information
  • use rules to solve problems
  • pay attention to something without being distracted
  • remember words, numbers, pictures, or steps


People interested in this work like activities that include ideas, thinking, and figuring things out.
They do well at jobs that need:
  • Concern for Others
  • Integrity
  • Dependability
  • Stress Tolerance
  • Attention to Detail
  • Self Control


You might use software like this on the job:

Medical software
  • Electronic medical record EMR software
  • GE Healthcare Centricity EMR
Spreadsheet software
  • Microsoft Excel
Word processing software
  • Microsoft Word


Education: (rated 5 of 5)
post-doctoral training or
doctoral degree
usually needed

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