Psychiatrists diagnose, assess, treat and prevent human mental, emotional and behavioural disorders. Psychiatric Registrars training as Psychiatrists are included here.

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
  • Psychiatrist

    Specialisations: Adolescent Psychiatrist, Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist, Child Psychiatrist, Forensic Psychiatrist, Geriatric Psychiatrist, Medical Psychotherapist

Fast Facts

  • Avg. Weekly Pay

    Unavailable
  • Future Growth

    very strong
  • Skill Level

    Bachelor Degree or higher
  • Employment Size

    2000
  • 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 2,000 workers. The number of workers has fallen over the past 5 years.
Over the next 5 years (to May 2022) the number of workers is expected to grow very strongly to 2,400. Around 1,000 job openings are likely over this time from workers leaving and new jobs being created.

  • While there are jobs in many parts of Australia, Queensland has a large share of Psychiatrists.
  • They mainly work in: Health Care and Social Assistance; and Public Administration and Safety.
  • Part-time work is fairly common, but more than half work full-time. Full-time workers, on average, work 40.5 hours per week (compared to the all jobs average of 40 hours).
  • The workforce is fairly mature. The average age is 57 years (compared to the all jobs average of 40 years) and around 7 in 10 workers are aged 45 years or older.
  • Around 6 in 10 workers are female.
  • In 2016, the unemployment rate was below average.

Employment Outlook

Number of Workers

Source: ABS Labour Force Survey, Department of Jobs and Small Business trend data to May 2017 and Department of Jobs and Small Business projections to 2022.
YearNumber of Workers
20072500
20081800
2009500
20102300
20112600
20123400
20132300
20143000
20154000
20163800
20172000
20222400

Weekly Earnings

Full-time Earnings

All Jobs Average

Weekly Earnings (Before Tax)

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Hours

Full-Time and Part-Time Status (% Share) and Average Weekly Hours (Full-Time)

Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2016, Cat. No. 6291.0.55.003: Customised Report. Hours actually worked by people who usually work full-time, and share of employment by full-time and part-time status, for this job compared to the all jobs average.
CategoryPsychiatristsAll Jobs Average
Full-time53.768.4
Part-time46.331.6
Average Weekly Hours (full-time)40.540

Main Industries

Top Industries

Main Employing Industries (% Share)

Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2016, Cat. No. 6291.0.55.003: Customised Report. 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, Cat. No. 6291.0.55.003: Customised Report. Share of workers across Australian States and Territories, in this job compared to the all jobs average.
StatePsychiatristsAll Jobs Average
NSW14.131.8
VIC19.125.5
QLD53.919.8
SA6.26.8
WA4.711.2
TAS02
NT01.1
ACT21.8

Age Profile

Age Profile (% Share)

Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2016, Cat. No. 6291.0.55.003: Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.
Age BracketPsychiatristsAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
15-190-5.45.4
20-240-9.99.9
25-348.4-23.423.4
35-4421.2-21.721.7
45-5419.9-21.121.1
55-593.8-8.78.7
60-6428.8-5.95.9
65 and Over17.9-3.83.8

Gender

Male Share

Female Share

Gender (% share)

Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2016, Cat. No. 6291.0.55.003: Customised Report. Male and female share of employment in this job compared to the all jobs average.
CategoryPsychiatristsCategoryAll Jobs Average
Males43.9Males53.6
Females56.1Females46.4

Education Level

Top Education Levels

Highest Level of Education (% Share)

Source: ABS, Education and Work (2016). Findings based on use of ABS TableBuilder data. Highest qualification completed by workers in this job (in any field of study). Skill level requirements can change over time, the qualifications needed by new workers might be different from the qualifications of workers already in the job.
Type of QualificationPsychiatristsAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate100-8.68.6
Bachelor degree0-17.917.9
Advanced Diploma/Diploma0-10.110.1
Certificate III/IV0-18.918.9
Year 120-18.718.7
Years 11 & 100-17.717.7
Below Year 100-8.18.1

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.

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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Learn about the daily activities, and physical and social demands faced by workers. Explore the values and work styles that workers rate as most important.

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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The importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 29-1066.00 - Psychiatrists.

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