According to the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, the demand for psychiatrists who provide counseling for children and adolescents will double between now and 2020. It is estimated that by 2020, 12,624 psychiatrists will be needed, however, only 8,312 will be practicing.
Bachelor’s of psychology majors at Assumption College can choose from dozens of career paths — including pursuit of a medical degree and certification as a psychiatrist.
Those who wish to pursue a rewarding career in psychiatry will embark on the competitive path towards medical school in one of two programs: a Doctor of Medicine (MD) program or a Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (DO) program. Not, however, without first completing their Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) the year before they intend to apply.
Psychology undergraduates who see themselves with a future in medicine can better prepare themselves to compete against other medical school candidates and set themselves apart by planning ahead. Some courses recommended for undergraduates who intend to apply to medical school include:
- Developmental psychology
- Personality psychology
- Abnormal psychology
- Life science
You can learn more about the path towards becoming a psychiatrist and the profession as a whole at learnhowtobecome.org, an organization working alongside educational and employment experts and in partnership with the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and the Institute of Education Sciences.