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Nursing Practioner vs Psychiatrist

I'm at a turning point in my life. I can't decide whether a nursing practioner is a better job or a psychiatrist. To be a NP im looking at a salary of around 90k - 100k but a Psychiatrist earns more than that I believe.

Is anyone a Psychiatrist, i need some advice? How is the job? Is it good paying? How long does it take to become a psychiatrist? How long do I need to study (preferably in Australia, but if your in the U.S. please leave our advice aswell). I kind of think studying to become a psychiatrist is easier than a nurse practioner and you get better paid, like psychiatry seems easy.

What about a nurse practioner? Can you lead comfortable stable lives? How much is your pay and how long have you studied?

What is the difference between a psychiatrist and a physologist? They are the same thing right?

In your opinion which one would you go with>? Please help me!
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miss_universe

muse.
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Psychologist or psychiatrist? One requires a 3 year Bachelor degree with post grad research whilst the other requires a 5/6 year MBBS degree with 3 years post grad+ more.

So I think you mean psychologist. You better look up what the job is.
 

mighty

Regular Member
I assume you mean psychologist. In which case a psychiatrist and psychologist are not the same thing. A psychiatrist requires a medicine degree as well as specialty training - it's a medical specialty (so it'll take you at least 12 years to fully qualify). A psychologist requires maybe 5-6 years to qualify (not too sure - I think they need to do an intern-like thing to qualify?)
 

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chinaski

Regular Member
A psychiatrist requires a medicine degree as well as specialty training - it's a medical specialty (so it'll take you at least 12 years to fully qualify).
It's a stand-alone specialty - psychiatry training is not undertaken via the RACP.
 

mdogz

Regular Member
If your main concern is the money then perhaps you should re-consider both....there are far easier ways to earn money!
 

mighty

Regular Member
It's a stand-alone specialty - psychiatry training is not undertaken via the RACP.
Sorry, I don't think I was being very clear. What I meant was that psychiatry is an area of specialisation within medicine, as opposed to psychology which does not requires medical degree and is a separate degree by itself.
 
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Voldemort

Brodemort
Oh and by the way a friend of mine doing clinical psych did a 3 year degree (you can apparently choose to do Arts or Science), then did honours in Dunedin, and is now doing a 5 year PhD program for Clinical Psychology... Not necessarily easy. I think she also had the opportunity to do a Masters instead of her PhD for 3 more years rather than 5.
 
money is a pretty big reason i wanted to do either of them, they have pretty good pay don't they? And by "there are far easier ways to earn money" what would you suggest i do ?? so lost!
 

Sam

¿umm?
money is a pretty big reason i wanted to do either of them, they have pretty good pay don't they? And by "there are far easier ways to earn money" what would you suggest i do ?? so lost!
Picking your future career based on the sole factor of money is not a good idea.

However, if you want money it really depends on your ability to make good contacts and secure a decent job after graduation. Very few jobs will start you above 100k+ unless you're in with right people.
 

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Havox

Sword and Martini Guy!
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There's not comparably that much money in either profession given the amount of study and time you need to put into getting to those positions. Going into medicine for money is a BAD idea.
 
Reallly? :/ why would you say that? I thought that they have pretty good pay.. what would you suggest i do to make easy money? thx
 

Lacerum

Emeritus Staff
Emeritus Staff
Psychiatry can be as lucrative as any RACP specialty with a non-procedural focus. There really is no comparison to a nurse practitioner when it comes to remuneration.
 

Sam

¿umm?
Reallly? :/ why would you say that? I thought that they have pretty good pay.. what would you suggest i do to make easy money? thx
Become a miner, 100-200k+ for low qualification work.
 

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frootloop

House Surgeon
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Be a sex worker, just lie on your back and let the cash come in (no pun intended).
 

Havox

Sword and Martini Guy!
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Guys. Enough with the trolling.

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