Located in the heart of the Appalachian Region, West Virginia is a diverse and thriving state. Psychologists, Psychiatrists, counselors and other mental health professionals are in high demand in West Virginia and psychiatry schools attached to medical schools at both private and public universities. According to salary.com, Psychiatrists in West Virginia earn a median annual income of $170,000 to $180,000. According to the Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics, the demand for qualified physicians and surgeons is projected to continue to grow at a rate consider faster than average, on a national basis. Psychiatrists differ from Psychologists in that they are medical doctors that have attended and graduated from medical schools while Psychologists are not medical doctors, and generally hold a Master’s degree or Doctoral degree.
A Psychiatry degree program often consists of challenging residency requirements in addition to coursework to ensure students gain a broad and diverse clinical and research experience. Specializations are available through many universities including Child & Adolescent, Clinical Neuropsychology, Forensic Psychiatry, and General Psychiatry. Through the Robert C. Byrd Health Sciences Center’s School of Medicine at West Virginia University, students can participate in a yearlong pre-doctoral internship program that gives interns the real world practice interacting with both inpatient and outpatient treatment settings. Just as with other medical doctors, Psychiatrists must specialized in their chosen discipline and successfully complete internship and fellowship programs.
Psychiatrists find professional positions in hospitals, long-term health care organizations, in research facilities, or in private practice. Job responsibilities in a health care or hospital setting can include the direction and coordination patient care, including diagnosis and assessment, treatment planning, medication, psychotherapy, education, and more. In West Virginia, Psychiatrists are typically required to hold an MD or a DO with a residency in Psychiatry. Positions many require fellowship training, licensed by the state licensing board, a valid DEA Certification, and be Board Certified by the American Board of Psychiatry & Neurology.