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Physician, Psychiatrist
Summary Job Description Education Skills, Abilities and Interests More Information

ActivitiesDiagnose, treat, and help prevent disorders of the mind. Duties include diagnosing the nature and extent of mental disorders, prescribing medication, and conducting tests or examinations to evaluate patients' general physical condition.

OutlookAverage job growth

Median Income$154,200 in 2008

Work Context & ConditionsMany physicians—primarily general and family practitioners, general internists, pediatricians, ob/gyns, and psychiatrists—work in small private offices or clinics, often assisted by a small staff of nurses and other administrative personnel.

Minimum Education RequirementsM.D.

SkillsPersuasion, Social Perceptiveness, Learning Strategies, Monitoring, Critical Thinking, Instructing, Active Listening, Writing, Service Orientation, Negotiation, Time Management, Active Learning, Complex Problem Solving, Judgment and Decision Making, Coordination, Reading Comprehension, Speaking, Science

AbilitiesOral Expression, Speech Recognition, Deductive Reasoning, Problem Sensitivity, Written Comprehension, Speech Clarity, Inductive Reasoning, Oral Comprehension

InterviewsDavid T. George