I have been thinking about graduate school to go into adolescent psychiatry/ being a school psychiatrist. I understand it usually requires a masters and above. Are the financial burdens worth the career? Also, what is a quality that you think a person going into this field must have? Thank you in advance.
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Well if you are going to go for psychiatry the pay rate is very high. school psychologists pay rates depend on where you are located and how many years you work for a school. If you google adolescent psychiatrist pay rate there will be a website called payscale.com which gives you all that information! psychiatrists in general make around 100k while school psychologist make around 60k. Again that will change according to where you are applying. For example I know school psychologist in California make around 100k while in Florida its around 55k. hope that helped!
While I'm not a psychiatrist, I worked with teens during my graduate school and post grad internship as a counselor/advisor. I think my first thought is, working with this population requires patience. Since they aren't quite "adults" yet; they aren't always making the best choices and might be rebellious depending on their personality. At the same time, if they latch onto you, that can be the most rewarding relationship. As far as the financial burden, I was able to have a part time job and graduate assistantships that helped me to pay for graduate school so you may be able to avoid some of the debt you are anticipating having. Hope this helps!