A Southeastern state, Georgia ranks twenty-fourth in size among the fifty states but ranks eighth in population. The elevation varies from sea level on the southeast coast to more than 4700 feet in the Blue Ridge Mountains in the northern part of the state. Tourism, agriculture, mining, textiles and the military are important industries.
Job Description of Psychiatrists
A psychiatrist is a physician who specializes in diagnosing and treating mental illnesses. These disorders can range from mild anxiety to schizophrenia and dangerous disorders, as well as alcoholism and drug addiction. Because psychiatrists are licensed physicians, they’re trained to understand the connections between physical and mental disorders and can conduct both physical and mental examinations to determine the root causes of a disorder. They can also prescribe and administer drugs, shock treatment, psychotherapy, group sessions, family sessions or other treatments as needed. Some psychiatrists choose a specialty, like pediatric, geriatric or addiction psychiatry.
Psychiatrists are trained to work in conjunction with other professionals, like psychologists, social workers, psychiatric nurses and physicians of other specialties. They can also submit case reports and summaries to officials in mental health agencies or government, or serve on committees to maintain and promote community health services.
Job Opportunities and Salaries
New psychiatrists normally work as a salaried employee of a clinic, hospital, health network, group medical practice or other health agency. After several years as a salaried employee, many psychiatrists start their own private practice.
According to the Graduate Education National Advisory Committee, there is a shortage of qualified psychiatrists for fulfilling the increasing demand of the next few years. In 2008, the Bureau of Labor Statistics projected that employment growth for physicians (including psychiatrists) would increase by 22% by the year 2018.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics website reports that, in 2012, the mean yearly salary for psychiatrists in Georgia was $188,640, well above the nationwide mean of $177,520. The mean hourly wage in Georgia was $90.69, as compared to the $85.35 nationwide mean.