Unlike many mental health professionals, psychiatrists can prescribe medications to help treat patients with mental illnesses. Their specialized knowledge and medical degrees make them some of the highest paid in the mental health field.
"As a psycho-pharmacologist, I like that I can very quickly improve people's lives. That is definitely the biggest plus. You can make a fast, big difference," says Ulla Laakso, who practices in New York City.
"I think most psychiatrists would say that their job satisfaction is high. It is certainly a growing field and there seems to be a shortage of psychiatrists. Not in urban areas, but in more rural areas. Plus, it is not influenced by economic times and one can work until old age."
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