Minimum PG Diploma in Psychiatry

Preferably minimum experience of up to 5 years is required

The tasks a Psychiatrist is expected to perform include:

Diagnosing and treating human mental diseases and disorders

Conducting examination of body for abnormal behaviour or mental activity

Checking for any abnormality related to disease and disorder of other bodily systems

Studying psychological tests, histo-pathological examination, X-ray observations and other clinical data

Recording history of diseases and personal information of the patient

Prescribing and conducting treatment of patient, as required by ailment, by medicinal or surgical methods

Helping patient adjust self, and control emotions and habits

Referring patients to other specialists to diagnose disease relating to other parts of the body

Specializing in any technique of treatment and diagnosis of disorder

Conducting child guidance clinics, marriage counselling and marriage guidance clinics, genetic guidance clinic, vocational guidance clinics and vocational selection clinics

Ability to understand patient's medical history

Knowledge of current findings and latest treatments

Efficient in reading, interpreting and reviewing tests

Ability to recognize any abnormal findings and behavioural traits

Skilled in designing a plan of treatment

Ability to address concerns or answer questions of patients about their health and well-being

Proficient in implementing and promoting proper nutrition and hygiene among the patients

Not required

Excellent inter-personal skills

Attention to detail

Analytical bent of mind

Problem solving ability

Influential personality

It is a desk job

Need to handle a team of nurses and other medical staff

Local travelling is not a part of this job role

Part-time work and contractual jobs are available

Work from home option maybe available

Working hours

Hospitals/clinics usually work for 6/7 days a week and 8/10 hours everyday. This may vary from hospital to hospital

Shift system is available

Is the job suitable for a candidate with special needs?This job is suitable for orthopedically handicapped (OH) and visually handicapped (VH) candidates

This job is not listed as hazardous or dangerous under The Factories Act, 1948 (section 87)

One may develop occupational hazards such as stress on eyes, mental and physical strain, joint pains, etc. if not taken care of

For freshers - INR 20,000 to INR 40,000 per monthFor candidates with experience - INR 55,000 to INR 95,000 per month(These figures are indicative and subject to change)

Market Size and Expected Growth of the Indian Healthcare Sector

According to a report by India Brand Equity Foundation, the Indian healthcare industry is projected to continue its rapid expansion, with an estimated market value of US$ 280 billion by 2020, on the back of increased population growth in India's low income communities.

Large investments by private sector players are likely to contribute significantly to the development of India's hospital industry and the sector is poised to grow to US$ 100 billion by the year 2015 and further to US$ 280 billion by 2020.

Private sector's share in healthcare delivery is expected to increase from 66 per cent in 2005 to 81 per cent by 2015. Private sector's share in hospitals and hospital beds is estimated at 74 per cent and 40 per cent, respectively.

The diagnostic market is the fastest growing segment of India's healthcare industry, according to PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), with the segment forecasted to grow to US$ 17 billion by 2021.

The rising demand for medical care and related services across the country offers great potential for employment for aspiring Psychiatrists and medical practitioners.

Government hospitals

Private hospitals

Medical colleges

Private practice

Cities and towns across India