How to write a Psychiatrist job description

Your job description is the first touchpoint between your company and your new hire. With millions of people searching for jobs on Indeed each month, a great job description can help you attract the most qualified candidates to your open position. To get you started, here are some tips for creating an effective job description.

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Psychiatrist job title

A great job title typically includes a general term, level of experience and any special requirements. The general term will optimise your job title to show up in a general search for jobs of the same nature. The level of experience will help you attract the most qualified applicants by outlining the amount of responsibility and prior knowledge required. And if your position is specialised, consider including the specialisation in the job title as well. But avoid using internal titles, abbreviations or acronyms to make sure people understand what your job posting is before clicking.

Examples of Psychiatrist job titles

    Psychiatrist (5+ Years’ Experience)
    Child Psychiatrist
    Staff Psychiatrist

Psychiatrist job summary

A great job description starts with a compelling summary of the position and its role within your company. Your summary should provide an overview of your company and expectations for the position. Outline the types of activities and responsibilities required for the job so job seekers can determine if they are qualified, or if the job is a good fit.

Example of a Psychiatrist job summary

Our suburban psychiatric practice needs a dedicated Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist to join our team. We’re looking for a compassionate, devoted individual who enjoys working with children and teens to solve all types of problems, from serious mental illness to adjustment difficulties. The successful candidate will be the only medical staff member to focus on youths, which means they will be responsible for designing their own programme and referring patients as necessary. We also have a psychologist on staff who works with teens. We offer excellent benefits and generous paid leave.

Psychiatrist responsibilities and duties

The responsibilities and duties section is the most important part of the job description. Here you should outline the functions this position will perform on a regular basis, how the job functions within the organisation and who the employee reports to.

Examples of Psychiatrist responsibilities

    Conduct initial patient evaluations and take detailed medical histories
    Diagnose teens and children based on symptoms and prior medical treatment
    Treat psychiatric conditions in teens and young children using a conservative approach, which should include CBT
    Explain treatment plans to patients and their parents or guardians and provide familial support throughout treatment programme
    Advocate for young patients, especially with regard to schools and other organisations
    Prescribe medication on a conservative basis to treat verifiable mental health diseases and conditions

Psychiatrist qualifications and skills

Next, outline the required and preferred skills for your position. This may include education, previous job experience, certifications and technical skills. You may also include soft skills and personality traits that you envision for a successful hire. While it may be tempting to include a long list of skills and requirements, including too many could dissuade qualified candidates from applying. Keep your list of qualifications concise, but provide enough detail with relevant keywords and terms.

Examples of Psychiatrist skills

    Current registration required
    6+ years’ experience in psychiatric practice
    2+ years’ experience treating children and/or teens
    Willingness to learn and follow clinic’s standards of practice
    Demonstrable ability to connect with and provide support for children
    RANZCP membership required
    Familiarity with EMR/EHR systems
    Ability to pass background check and drug screening

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