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Become A Psychiatrist In San Diego, CA

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Working As A Psychiatrist In San Diego, CA

  • Assisting and Caring for Others
  • Getting Information
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships
  • Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge
  • Deal with People

  • Unpleasant/Angry People

  • Mostly Sitting

  • Make Decisions

  • $232,287

    Average Salary

What Does A Psychiatrist Do

A Psychiatrist is a medical practitioner specializing in the diagnosis and treatment of mental illness. They treat patients utilizing psychotherapeutic methods and medications.

How To Become A Psychiatrist

Physicians and surgeons have demanding education and training requirements. Almost all physicians complete at least 4 years of undergraduate school, 4 years of medical school, and, depending on their specialty, 3 to 7 years in internship and residency programs.

Education

Most applicants to medical school have at least a bachelor's degree, and many have advanced degrees. Although no specific major is required, all students must complete undergraduate work in biology, chemistry, physics, math, and English. Students also take courses in the humanities and social sciences. In addition, some students volunteer at local hospitals or clinics to gain experience in a healthcare setting.

Medical schools are highly competitive. Most applicants must submit transcripts, scores from the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT), and letters of recommendation. Schools also consider an applicant’s personality, leadership qualities, and participation in extracurricular activities. Most schools require applicants to interview with members of the admissions committee.

A few medical schools offer combined undergraduate and medical school programs that last 6 or 7 years.

Students spend most of the first 2 years of medical school in laboratories and classrooms, taking courses such as anatomy, biochemistry, pharmacology, psychology, medical ethics, and the laws governing medicine. They also gain practical skills, learning to take medical histories, examine patients, and diagnose illnesses.

During their last 2 years, medical students work with patients under the supervision of experienced physicians in hospitals and clinics. Through rotations in internal medicine, family practice, obstetrics and gynecology, pediatrics, psychiatry, and surgery, they gain experience in diagnosing and treating illnesses in a variety of areas.

Important Qualities

Communication skills. Physicians and surgeons need to be excellent communicators. They must be able to communicate effectively with their patients and other healthcare support staff.

Compassion. Physicians and surgeons deal with patients who are sick or injured and may be in extreme pain or distress. Physicians and surgeons must be able to treat patients and their families with compassion and understanding.

Detail oriented. Physicians and surgeons must ensure that patients are receiving appropriate treatment and medications. They must also monitor and record various pieces of information related to patient care.

Dexterity. Physicians and surgeons must be good at working with their hands. They may work with very precise and sometimes sharp tools, and mistakes can have serious consequences.

Leadership skills. Physicians who work in their own practice need to be effective leaders. They must be able to manage a staff of other professionals to run their practice.

Organizational skills. Some physicians own their own practice. Strong organizational skills, including good recordkeeping, are critical in both medical and business settings.

Patience. Physicians and surgeons may work for long periods with patients who need special attention. Persons who fear medical treatment may require more patience.

Physical stamina. Physicians and surgeons should be comfortable performing physical tasks, such as lifting or turning disabled patients. Surgeons may spend a great deal of time bending over patients during surgery.

Problem-solving skills. Physicians and surgeons need to evaluate patients’ symptoms and administer the appropriate treatments. They need to do this quickly if a patient’s life is threatened.

Training

After medical school, almost all graduates enter a residency program in their specialty of interest. A residency usually takes place in a hospital and varies in duration, generally lasting from 3 to 7 years, depending on the specialty.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

All states require physicians and surgeons to be licensed; requirements vary by state. To qualify for a license, candidates must graduate from an accredited medical school and complete residency training in their specialty.

All physicians and surgeons also must pass a standardized national licensure exam. M.D.s take the U.S. Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE). D.O.s take the Comprehensive Osteopathic Medical Licensing Examination (COMLEX-USA). For specific state information about licensing, contact your state’s medical board. 

Certification is not required for physicians and surgeons; however, it may increase their employment opportunities. M.D.s and D.O.s seeking board certification in a specialty may spend up to 7 years in residency training; the length of time varies with the specialty. To become board certified, candidates must complete a residency program and pass a specialty certification exam from the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS), the American Osteopathic Association (AOA), or the American Board of Physician Specialties (ABPS).

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Psychiatrist Demographics

Gender

  • Female

    53.9%
  • Male

    42.1%
  • Unknown

    4.0%

Ethnicity

  • White

    70.4%
  • Asian

    11.9%
  • Hispanic or Latino

    10.8%
  • Unknown

    6.1%
  • Black or African American

    0.9%
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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

    41.9%
  • Russian

    14.0%
  • French

    11.6%
  • Czech

    7.0%
  • Romanian

    4.7%
  • Chinese

    2.3%
  • Mandarin

    2.3%
  • Hebrew

    2.3%
  • German

    2.3%
  • Lithuanian

    2.3%
  • Urdu

    2.3%
  • Slovak

    2.3%
  • Hindi

    2.3%
  • Arabic

    2.3%
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Real Psychiatrist Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Psychiatrist Imperial County Behavioral Health Services El Centro, CA Jul 01, 2018 $424,636
Psychiatrist Imperial County Behavioral Health Services El Centro, CA Jul 01, 2015 $424,636
Psychiatrist Yashwant Chaudhri, Md, APC San Diego, CA Oct 01, 2017 $401,351
Psychiatrist Imperial County Behavioral Health Services Winterhaven, CA Jul 01, 2018 $391,903
Psychiatrist Imperial County Behavioral Health Services El Centro, CA Jul 01, 2018 $391,903
Psychiatrist Imperial County Behavioral Health Services Brawley, CA Jan 07, 2016 $375,000
Psychiatrist Imperial County Behavioral Health Services El Centro, CA Jan 07, 2017 $367,453
Psychiatrist Imperial County Behavioral Health Services El Centro, CA Jan 07, 2017 $355,468
Psychiatrist Wk Medical Group Campbell, CA Sep 25, 2018 $350,000
Psychiatrist Asana Integrated Medical Group San Bernardino, CA Feb 22, 2016 $339,138
Psychiatrist Imperial County Behavioral Health Services Brawley, CA Jul 10, 2017 $338,541
Psychiatrist Imperial County Behavioral Health Services El Centro, CA Jan 07, 2016 $333,299
Psychiatrist Imperial County Behavioral Health Services Brawley, CA Jan 07, 2016 $333,299
Psychiatrist Traditions Behavioral Health San Leandro, CA Dec 31, 2017 $330,000
Psychiatrist Sun Valley Behavioral Medical Center, Inc. Imperial, CA Jan 10, 2016 $313,050
Psychiatrist Traditions Psychology Group, Inc. Martinez, CA May 16, 2015 $313,050
Psychiatrist Traditions Psychology Group, Inc. Eureka, CA May 16, 2015 $313,050
Psychiatrist County of Imperial El Centro, CA Aug 14, 2015 $311,501
Psychiatrist Imperial County Behavioral Health Services El Centro, CA Jul 01, 2014 $311,501
Psychiatrist County of Imperial El Centro, CA Aug 19, 2015 $311,501
Psychiatrist Imperial County Behavioral Health Services El Centro, CA Jul 01, 2015 $307,070
Psychiatrist Imperial County Behavioral Health Services Winterhaven, CA Jul 01, 2015 $307,070
Psychiatrist Traditions Psychology Group, Inc. Visalia, CA Jul 01, 2011 $305,000
Psychiatrist Mark David Levine Md Psychiatrists Prof. Corp. Davis, CA Jul 01, 2018 $300,000
Psychiatrist Imperial County Behavioral Health Services El Centro, CA Jul 01, 2015 $300,000
Psychiatrist Asana Integrated Medical Group San Bernardino, CA Jan 07, 2016 $300,000
Psychiatrist Foothills Psychological Services, Inc. Chino, CA Aug 13, 2018 $300,000
Psychiatrist Asana Integrated Medical Group Visalia, CA Jan 09, 2016 $297,500
Psychiatrist Traditions Psychology Group, Inc. San Jose, CA May 21, 2018 $296,354 -
$417,400
Psychiatrist II Alameda Health System San Leandro, CA Jun 01, 2015 $292,180
Psychiatrist County of Imperial El Centro, CA Jan 26, 2015 $288,800
Psychiatrist County of Imperial El Centro, CA Jan 21, 2015 $288,800
Psychiatrists County of Imperial El Centro, CA Jul 28, 2017 $288,800
Psychiatrist County of Imperial El Centro, CA Nov 18, 2014 $288,800
Psychiatrist County of Imperial El Centro, CA Nov 10, 2014 $288,800
Psychiatrist County of Imperial El Centro, CA Nov 13, 2014 $288,800
Psychiatrist Imperial County Behavioral Health Services El Centro, CA Jul 01, 2012 $286,978
Psychiatrist Imperial County Behavioral Health Services El Centro, CA Jul 01, 2013 $286,978
Psychiatrist Mark David Levine Md Psychiatrists Prof. Corp. Woodland, CA Jul 01, 2018 $286,364
Psychiatrist Mark David Levine Md Psychiatrists Prof. Corp. Tracy, CA Jan 07, 2016 $284,055
Psychiatrist Mark David Levine M.D. Psychiatrists Professional Manteca, CA May 09, 2018 $284,055
Psychiatrists Mark David Levine M.D. Psychiatrists Professional Chico, CA May 12, 2017 $280,000
Psychiatrist Mark David Levine Md Psychiatrists Prof. Corp. Chico, CA Jul 25, 2016 $280,000
Psychiatrist Mark David Levine Md Psychiatrists Prof. Corp. Manteca, CA Jan 07, 2017 $280,000
Psychiatrist Mark David Levine Md Psychiatrists Prof. Corp. Walnut Creek, CA Aug 26, 2018 $273,000
Psychiatrist Mark David Levine Md Psychiatrists Prof. Corp. Davis, CA Jul 01, 2018 $265,000
Psychiatrist Mark David Levine Md Psychiatrists Prof. Corp. Sacramento, CA Aug 01, 2018 $265,000
Psychiatrist Los Gatos Therapy Center Campbell, CA May 15, 2018 $261,585
Psychiatrist Mark David Levine Md Psychiatrists Prof. Corp. Davis, CA Jul 01, 2015 $260,000
Psychiatrist Mark David Levine Md Psychiatrists Prof. Corp. Woodland, CA Jul 01, 2015 $260,000
Psychiatrist Kern County Hospital Authority Bakersfield, CA May 03, 2018 $260,000
Psychiatrist Physicians Network Medical Group, Inc. Hanford, CA Jan 02, 2017 $259,500
Psychiatrists County of Imperial El Centro, CA Apr 08, 2010 $253,090
Psychiatrist Imperial County Behavioral Health Services Calexico, CA Jul 01, 2011 $253,090
Psychiatrist Mark David Levine Md Psychiatrists Prof. Corp. Walnut Creek, CA Aug 26, 2015 $250,000
Psychiatrists Kern Medical Bakersfield, CA Jan 07, 2017 $248,000
Psychiatrists Kern County Hospital Authority Bakersfield, CA Jan 07, 2017 $248,000
Psychiatrist Traditions Psychology Group Inc. D/B/A Traditions Behavioral Health San Leandro, CA Sep 14, 2016 $245,000
Psychiatrist Omni Family Health Bakersfield, CA Jan 07, 2016 $245,000
Psychiatrist Mark David Levine Md Psychiatrists Prof. Corp. Chico, CA Jan 07, 2017 $245,000
Psychiatrist Traditions Psychology Group, Inc. Martinez, CA Jan 02, 2017 $240,000
Psychiatrist Traditions Psychology Group, Inc. San Jose, CA Jan 02, 2017 $240,000
Psychiatrist Traditions Behavioral Health San Leandro, CA Dec 01, 2014 $240,000
Psychiatrist Mark David Levine Md Psychiatrists PC Sacramento, CA Aug 01, 2015 $235,643
Psychiatrist Mental Health America of Los Angeles Long Beach, CA Jun 23, 2016 $235,000
Psychiatrist Bio-Behavioral Medical Clinics Inc. Fresno, CA Aug 04, 2017 $235,000
Psychiatrist Therapeutic Solutions P.C. Chico, CA Apr 05, 2018 $234,686
Psychiatrist Therapeutic Solutions Professional Corporation Chico, CA Jul 20, 2015 $234,686
Psychiatrist Therapeutic Solutions P.C. Chico, CA Apr 06, 2018 $234,686
Psychiatrist Mark David Levine Md Psychiatrists Professional Corporation Davis, CA Jul 01, 2015 $230,000
Psychiatrist Mark David Levine M.D. Psychiatrists Professional Davis, CA Jul 22, 2016 $230,000
Psychiatrist Mark David Levine Md Psychiatrists Professional Modesto, CA Jun 01, 2015 $230,000
Psychiatrist Shasta Community Health Center Redding, CA Jul 01, 2011 $228,800
Psychiatrist Truxton Psychiatric Medical Group, Inc. Bakersfield, CA Jun 05, 2017 $227,000
Psychiatrists Department of State Hospitals-Patton Patton Village, CA Jun 20, 2017 $226,548 -
$271,512
Psychiatrists Patton State Hospital Patton Village, CA Jun 15, 2011 $217,752 -
$255,732
Psychiatrist Alameda Health Center San Leandro, CA Feb 23, 2014 $214,001
Psychiatrist Alameda Health System San Leandro, CA Feb 23, 2014 $214,001
Psychiatrist Alameda Health System San Leandro, CA Jul 21, 2014 $214,001
Psychiatrist Truxtun Psychiatric Medical Group, Inc. Bakersfield, CA Jan 20, 2014 $210,000
Psychiatrist County of Kern Bakersfield, CA May 14, 2010 $210,000
Psychiatrists Sutter Yuba Mental Health Yuba City, CA May 17, 2011 $208,000
Psychiatrists Sutter Yuba Mental Health Yuba City, CA May 10, 2012 $208,000
Psychiatrist Mark David Levine Md Psychiatrists Prof. Corp. Sunnyvale, CA Aug 18, 2011 $207,657
Psychiatrist Mark David Levine Md Psychiatrists Prof. Corp. Vallejo, CA Jul 01, 2011 $207,657
Psychiatrist Mark David Levine Md Psychiatrists Prof. Corp. Sunnyvale, CA Aug 26, 2011 $207,657
Psychiatrist Santa Cruz County Health Service Agency Santa Cruz, CA Jul 01, 2018 $205,608
Psychiatrist Santa Cruz County Health Service Agency Watsonville, CA Jul 01, 2018 $205,608
Psychiatrist II Alameda County Medical Center San Leandro, CA Dec 13, 2012 $204,526
Psychiatrist Atascadero State Hospital Atascadero, CA Jun 04, 2010 $203,592
Psychiatrist Atascadero State Hospital Atascadero, CA Sep 23, 2008 $203,592
Psychiatrist Mark David Levine, Md Psychiatrists Professional C Dublin, CA Jan 02, 2014 $200,665
Psychiatrist Mark David Levine, Md Psychiatrists Professional C Dublin, CA Sep 01, 2014 $200,665
Psychiatrist Mark David Levine, Md Psychiatrists Professional C Pleasanton, CA Sep 01, 2014 $200,665
Psychiatrists Tulare Youth Service Bureau, Inc. Visalia, CA Jan 26, 2011 $200,000
Psychiatrist Tulare Youth Service Bureau Tulare, CA Jan 06, 2011 $200,000
Psychiatrist Mark David Levine Md Psychiatrists Professional Modesto, CA Jun 01, 2015 $196,500
Psychiatrists Mark David Levine M.D. Psychiatrists Professional Manteca, CA Apr 27, 2012 $190,962
Psychiatrists Mark David Levine M.D. Psychiatrists Professional Sunnyvale, CA Apr 19, 2012 $190,962
Psychiatrist Traditions Psychology Group Long Beach, CA Oct 01, 2012 $190,000
Psychiatrists Mark David Levine Md, Psychiatrists, P.C. Dublin, CA Jan 12, 2010 $190,000
Psychiatrists Traditions Psychology Group, Inc. Visalia, CA Oct 23, 2012 $190,000 -
$230,000
Psychiatrist The Los Angeles Free Clinic Inc. Los Angeles, CA Jun 10, 2014 $190,000
Psychiatrist Mark David Levine Md Psychiatrists Prof. Corp. Tracy, CA Aug 04, 2011 $190,000
Psychiatrist Mark David Levine, Md, Psychiatrists, P.C. Dublin, CA Jun 15, 2010 $190,000
Psychiatrist Mark David Levine Md Psychiatrists Prof. Corp. Tracy, CA Aug 26, 2011 $190,000
Psychiatrists Mark David Levine M.D. Psychiatrists Professional Tracy, CA May 16, 2014 $187,830
Psychiatrist Comprehensive Psychiatric Services Pleasanton, CA Jan 28, 2015 $187,830
Psychiatrist Comprehensive Psychiatric Services Pleasanton, CA Jan 30, 2015 $187,830
Psychiatrist Comprehensive Psychiatric Services Pleasanton, CA Feb 03, 2015 $187,830
Psychiatrist Mark David Levine M.D. Psychiatrists Professional Chico, CA Jun 19, 2015 $187,199
Psychiatrists Mark David Levine Md Psychiatrists Professional Co Manteca, CA May 02, 2014 $185,000
Psychiatrist Mark David Levine Md Psychiatrists Prof. Corp. Davis, CA Jul 01, 2012 $185,000
Psychiatrist Mark David Levine Md Psychiatrists Prof. Corp. Newark, CA Oct 01, 2012 $185,000
Psychiatrist Mark David Levine Md Psychiatrists Professional Oakland, CA Nov 09, 2013 $185,000
Psychiatrist Mark David Levine M.D. Psychiatrists Professional Modesto, CA Apr 28, 2015 $185,000
Psychiatrist Mark David Levine Md, Psychiatrists P.C. Sacramento, CA Jun 19, 2012 $185,000
Psychiatrist Mark David Levine Md Psychiatrists Professional Modesto, CA Nov 09, 2013 $185,000
Psychiatrist Mark David Levine M.D. Psychiatrists Professional Manteca, CA Apr 22, 2015 $185,000
Psychiatrist Mark David Levine Md Psychiatrists Professional Turlock, CA Jul 25, 2012 $185,000

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Top Skills for A Psychiatrist

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Top Psychiatrist Skills

  1. Adult Psychiatry
  2. Mental Health Clinic
  3. Psychiatric Evaluations
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Conduct psychiatric evaluations and provide consultation services and treatment of individuals.
  • Provided psychiatric evaluations, care, and treatment, including medication management to diverse patient population of private psychiatric practice.
  • Assist psychiatrists with patient concerns including medication issues and crisis intervention.
  • Collaborated with treatment team, including ARISE Psychiatrist, Case Managers and Parent Partners to develop and implement treatment plans.
  • Developed Laboratory Utilization guidelines with Medical Staff Developed Benzodiazepine Prescribing guidelines with Medical Staff Founded and chaired Community Emergency Services Committee.

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