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In your opinion, how difficult would it be to get hired as a Psychiatrist ?

I'm sure working as a Psychiatrist is challenging just like any other job, but I'm curious to say if it is difficult is it worth the time and money? I want to get into something similar to this and look at other options but I want advice to see if this is a good choice.

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Michel’s Answer

Getting hired as a Psychiatrist will not be difficult because their is and always will be a need for people to help in the mental health field. A psychiatrist is a medical doctor with a bachelors degree, a MD which takes four years of education then training in residency that takes another four years. Mental health is a huge issue in any country and Psychiatrists are constantly being trained. One of the big issues that happens in the mental health field is burn out and low wages compared to what private practice can offer in benefits and flexibility of work. Being a Psychiatrist is hard work and working with mental health can be taxing so a lot of people move over to private practice to make more money and also to give themselves much deserved breaks. If you are interested in Psychiatry there will always be a need and the field will continue to grow in the future and will need great young minds like yourself.
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Nicole’s Answer

Perhaps it depends on location, but psychiatry is a high demand field. I cannot imagine it being difficult to find work. As a psychologist in primary care, trying to get a patient in for psychiatry is daunting. I believe our wait list for adults is 13 weeks, 5 weeks for pediatrics.
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Michael’s Answer

Hello Cynthia,
I’m thinking that once you put in the work to acquire your Degree in Psychiatry, working for an organization or someone else goes out the window. As a medical professional you can either hang your own shingle (open your own business) or work for someone else! The best part about working for self is that you call the shots and are on your own schedule! You can hire your own staff and decide what’s best for those you serve, within the guidelines set forth by the medical association! I suggest that while you are studying to be a doctor, you can also take courses at the same time to learn how to open and run your own clinic. When you walk across the stage and are a full fledged Psychiatrist, you will be walking into your very own practice. It is okay to think outside the box! Aspire to be the best version of yourself! The work is going to be so rewarding and your contribution to the community you will serve will be great! Put all of your energy into your present to
ensure a magnificent future! It’s in you and you can accomplish anything you can imagine! Best of all to you in your upcoming journey.
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Guillermo’s Answer

Mental illnesses are more common every day. Each day, more and more professional help on this matter is needed. I think you would have plenty of work and it would be really challenging helping others.
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Rita’s Answer

To be a Psychiatrist, you will need to go to medical school (4 years) and residency (4 years) after finishing college. I think the demand for Psychiatry is pretty high in Nevada where I live. I think everything depends on supply and demand. If there are not a lot of Psychiatrists, then you can easily get a job. If there are a lot, then it's more difficult.

I think you need to ask yourself what is it about Psychiatry that interests you. Honestly, most Psychiatrists where I live just write medications and leave the counseling to Psychologists.

Your options are:
Psychiatry: MD/DO, PA or NP --can write medications
Psychologist--cannot write medications, more counseling
As a doctor, you will make more money than NP/PA but the years of schooling and expenses are much higher.
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