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Psychiatrist?

I would like a career with a high paying major. Would being a psychiatrist occur in that goal?

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Ani’s Answer

Hi there!
I am a psychology major myself, I would highly recommend you go into this field if you are interested in people, helping them and the in's and out's of then. Do not do this job only for the money, also being a psychiatrist is pretty much like being a med student, so be prepared for that.
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Celine’s Answer

Psychiatrists are the highest paid in the mental health field, but keep in mind that it does require a medical degree, which can take about 8-12 years to obtain after high school. Similar to Austin and Judith-Ann's answers, it depends on what you would consider "high-paying" but you also have to weigh out whether the costs to become a psychiatrist, especially for med school, would justify you pursuing that field.

Money is important, but it's important in the field of psychology and mental health to be motivated and driven by passion as well. Many of the careers in the mental health space require more than a bachelor's degree so it's important to weigh out whether you'd be willing to take on those costs and the time it takes in exchange for a higher starting salary.
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Austin’s Answer

That depends on your definition of “high-paying” job. The little research I have done shows roughly 100-400K annually. But there are definitely factors that will impact this such as the state you live in, the facility you work at, job availability and necessity.

Austin recommends the following next steps:

Research job availability and average pay for the area you would like to work
Research the Psychiatry profession as a career choice
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Judith-Ann’s Answer

I agree with Austin's answer. What is would recommend no matter what direction you take, to get a doctorate in whatever direction you choose. Especially in the psychology and counseling careers, a doctorate adds credibility and income and confidence. Good luck.
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