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

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

You need to be a qualified Medical Practitioner and then complete further training with the Royal Australian & New Zealand College of Psychiatrists before you can specialise as a Psychiatrist. Many Psychiatrists complete postgraduate studies.

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

All Psychiatrists

  • Unavailable Weekly Pay
  • Stable Future Growth
  • Lower unemployment Unemployment
  • 3,200 workers Employment Size
  • Very high skill Skill level rating
  • 71% Full-Time Full-Time Share
  • 45 hours Average full-time
  • 47 years Average age
  • 44% female Gender Share

The number of people working as Psychiatrists (in their main job) grew very strongly over the past 5 years and is expected to stay about the same over the next 5 years:
from 3,200 in 2018 to 3,200 by 2023.
Job openings can come from new jobs being created, but most come from turnover (workers leaving).
There are likely to be around 1,000 job openings over 5 years (that's about 200 a year).

  • Size: This is a very small occupation.
  • Unemployment: Unemployment was below average in 2018.
  • Location: Psychiatrists work in many regions of Australia.
  • Industries: Most work in the Health Care and Social Assistance industry.
  • Full-time: Many work full-time (71%, higher than the average of 66%).
  • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 45 hours per week at work (compared to the average of 44 hours).
  • Age: The average age is 47 years (compared to the average of 40 years). Many workers are 45 years or older (58%).
  • Gender: 44% of workers are female (compared to the average of 48%).

Employment Outlook

Number of Workers

Source: ABS Labour Force Survey, Department of Jobs and Small Business trend data to May 2018 and Department of Jobs and Small Business projections to 2023.
YearNumber of Workers
20081800
2009500
20102300
20112600
20123500
20132300
20143000
20154300
20164100
20172600
20183200
20233200

Weekly Earnings

Weekly Earnings (Before Tax)

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Main Industries

Main Employing Industries (% Share)

Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Industries are based on the Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification (ANZSIC 06).
Main Employing IndustriesIndustry (% share)
Health Care and Social Assistance95.3
Public Administration and Safety3.7
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services0.4
Education and Training0.4
Other Industries0.2

States and Territories

  • NSW

  • VIC

  • QLD

  • SA

  • TAS

  • NT

  • ACT

Employment by State and Territory (% Share)

Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Share of workers across Australian States and Territories, in this job compared to the all jobs average.
StatePsychiatristsAll Jobs Average
NSW29.131.6
VIC29.925.6
QLD18.920.0
SA7.97.0
WA9.610.8
TAS2.22.0
NT0.61.0
ACT1.71.9

Age Profile

Age Profile (% Share)

Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.
Age BracketPsychiatristsAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
15-190.0-5.05.0
20-240.3-9.39.3
25-3414.4-22.922.9
35-4427.9-22.022.0
45-5423.7-21.621.6
55-5910.7-9.09.0
60-649.1-6.06.0
65 and Over14.0-4.24.2

Education Level

Highest Level of Education (% Share)

Source: ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Highest qualification completed by workers in this job (in any field of study). 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 Certificate64.8-10.110.1
Bachelor degree34.0-21.821.8
Advanced Diploma/Diploma0.6-11.611.6
Certificate III/IV0.1-21.121.1
Year 120.5-18.118.1
Year 110.0-4.84.8
Year 10 and below0.0-12.512.5

You need to be a qualified Medical Practitioner and then complete further training with the Royal Australian & New Zealand College of Psychiatrists before you can specialise as a Psychiatrist. Many Psychiatrists complete postgraduate studies.

Registration with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency is needed to work as a Psychiatrist. Membership with the Royal Australian & New Zealand College of Psychiatrists may also be useful.

Checks, licences and tickets

You may need:

  • national police check
  • working with children check
  • be up to date with immunisations

Thinking about study or training?

Before starting a course, check it will provide you with the skills and qualifications you need.

  • Search and compare thousands of higher education courses, and their entry requirements from different institutions across Australia at Course Seeker website.
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Useful links and resources


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

Filter Skills & Knowledge

Knowledge

These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

  1. Therapy and counselling

    96% Skill level

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

  2. Psychology

    94% Skill level

    Human behaviour; differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; research methods; assessing and treating disorders.

  3. Medicine and dentistry

    83% Skill level

    Diagnose and treat human injuries, diseases, and deformities, including preventive health-care measures.

  4. English language

    72% Skill level

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

  5. Education and training

    71% Skill level

    Curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.

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Demands

The physical and social demands workers face most often are shown below.

  1. Indoors, heat controlled

    100% Important

    Work indoors with access to heating or cooling.

  2. Face-to-face discussions

    98% Important

    Talk with people face-to-face.

  3. Telephone

    98% Important

    Talk on the telephone.

  4. Freedom to make decisions

    97% Important

    Have freedom to make decision on your own.

  5. Electronic mail

    97% Important

    Use electronic mail.

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