Psychiatrists diagnose, assess, treat and prevent human mental, emotional and behavioural disorders. Psychiatric Registrars training as Psychiatrists are included in this unit group.

A Bachelor Degree or higher, 2 years hospital-based training, and at least 5 years specialist study and training is required. Workers in this job generally have a Post Graduate qualification. Registration or licensing is required.

Tasks

  • assessing patients' mental and physical status to determine the nature and extent of mental, emotional and behavioural disorders
  • assessing patients' medical, psychiatric and psychological histories
  • examining patients to determine general physical condition
  • ordering laboratory tests, imaging, neuropsychological tests and other diagnostic procedures
  • examining the results of tests and examinations to determine the most appropriate forms of treatment
  • prescribing and administering medication, psychotherapy, and other physical treatments and rehabilitation programs
  • arranging admission to hospitals and providing in-patient treatment
  • consulting, supervising and working with other Medical Practitioners and Health Professionals
  • determining whether patients require involuntary treatment in accordance with relevant mental health acts
  • assisting courts and other statutory bodies in managing patients in legal and forensic settings
  • teaching medical students and registrars, and assessing their progress by administering tests

Job Titles

  • Psychiatrist

    Fast Facts

    • Avg. Weekly Pay

      Unavailable
    • Future Growth

      strong
    • Skill Level

      Bachelor Degree or higher
    • Employment Size

      5,100
    • Unemployment

      below average
    • Male Share

      43.9%
    • Female Share

      56.1%
    • Full-Time Share

      53.7%

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    This is a very small occupation employing 5100 workers. Over the past 5 years the number of jobs has grown strongly.
    Strong growth is expected in the future. New jobs and turnover from workers leaving may create up to 5,000 job openings over the 5 years to 2020.

    • While there are jobs in many parts of Australia, Queensland has a large share of Psychiatrists.
    • They work in many industries. Some of the main industries are: Health Care and Social Assistance; Public Administration and Safety; and No other main Industry.
    • Part-time work is fairly common, but more than half work full-time. Full-time workers, on average, work 40.5 hours per week.
    • The workforce is fairly mature. The average age is 57 years (compared to 40 for all careers) and around 7 in 10 workers are aged 45 years or older.
    • Around 1 in 2 workers are male.
    • In 2016, the unemployment rate was below average.

    Employment Outlook

    Number of Workers

    Source: ABS Labour Force Survey, Department of Employment trend data to November 2015 and Department of Employment projections to 2020.
    YearEmployment Level
    20052200
    20061600
    20073500
    2008900
    2009700
    20102600
    20112800
    20123100
    20132000
    20144100
    20155100
    20205700

    Weekly Earnings

    Full-time Earnings

    All Careers Average

    Weekly Earnings (before tax)

    Source: ABS Characteristics of Employment survey, August 2015 cat. no. 6333.0. Median earnings are before tax and do not include superannuation. These figures should be used as a guide only, not to determine a wage rate.
    EarningsPsychiatristsAll Jobs Average
    Full-Time Earningsn/an/a

    Hours

    Weekly Hours Worked

    Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2016.
    CategoryPsychiatristsAll Jobs Average
    Full-time75.069
    Part-time25.030.8
    Average Weekly Hours (full-time)38.540.2

    Main Industries

    Top Industries

    Main Employing Industries (% share)

    Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2016. Industries are based on the Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification (ANZSIC 06).
    Main Employing IndustriesIndustry (% share)
    Health Care and Social Assistance89.3
    Public Administration and Safety10.7

    States and Territories

    • NSW

    • VIC

    • QLD

    • SA

    • TAS

    • NT

    • ACT

    Employment by State and Territory (% share)

    Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2016.
    StatePsychiatristsAll Jobs Average
    NSW14.131.8
    VIC19.125.5
    QLD53.919.8
    SA6.26.7
    WA4.711.1
    TAS0.02
    NT0.01.1
    ACT2.01.8

    Age Profile

    Age Profile (% share)

    Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2016.
    Age BracketPsychiatristsAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    15-190.0-5.45.4
    20-240.0-9.99.9
    25-348.4-23.323.3
    35-4421.2-21.621.6
    45-5419.9-21.121.1
    55-593.8-8.68.6
    60-6428.8-5.95.9
    65 and Over17.9-3.73.7

    Gender

    Male Share

    Female Share

    Gender (% share)

    Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2016.
    CategoryPsychiatristsCategoryAll Jobs Average
    Males61.4Males53.8
    Females38.6Females46.1

    Education Level

    Top Education Levels

    Highest Level of Education (% share)

    Source: Based on ABS 2016 Survey of Education and Work (SEW).
    Type of QualificationPsychiatristsAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate100.0-8.58.5
    Bachelor degree0.0-17.817.8
    Advanced Diploma/Diploma0.0-10.110.1
    Certificate III/IV0.0-18.818.8
    Year 120.0-18.618.6
    Years 11 & 100.0-17.617.6
    Below Year 100.0-8.08.0

    A Bachelor Degree or higher, 2 years hospital-based training, and at least 5 years specialist study and training is required. Registration or licensing is required.
    If you are interested in this style of work, there are a wide range of training options available that could lead to this or a similar job.
    The pathway that is right for you will depend on your skills and interests.

    It is a good idea to speak to industry bodies, employers, and workers to learn more about the skills and qualifications you will need.

    Employers look for Psychiatrists who are caring, compassionate, empathetic and work well in a team.

    Knowledge

    The topics, subjects, or knowledge areas workers rate as most important are shown below.

    1. Therapy and Counseling

      99% Important

      Diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation of physical and mental dysfunctions, and career counselling and guidance.

    2. Psychology

      98% Important

      Human behaviour and performance; differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; research methods; and the assessment and treatment of behavioural and affective disorders.

    3. Medicine and Dentistry

      95% Important

      Diagnose and treat human injuries, diseases, and deformities. This includes symptoms, treatment alternatives, drug properties and interactions, and preventive health-care measures.

    4. English Language

      85% Important

      English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

    5. Biology

      76% Important

      Plant and animal organisms, their tissues, cells, functions, how they rely on and work with each other and the environment.

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    Activities

    The work activities workers rate as most important are shown below.

    1. Assisting and Caring for Others

      99% Important

      Providing personal assistance, medical attention, or emotional support to people such as co-workers, customers, or patients.

    2. Getting Information

      96% Important

      Looking for, getting and understanding different kinds of information.

    3. Making Decisions and Solving Problems

      93% Important

      Using information to work out the best solution and solve problems.

    4. Building Good Relationships

      93% Important

      Building and keeping constructive and cooperative working relationships with others.

    5. Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge

      91% Important

      Keeping up-to-date with technology and new ideas.

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