Life for these mental health professionals largely depends on whether they work in hospital facilities, private practice or in the academic and research realm. Working in a state-run center, for example, can bring a set schedule and a consistent check in the mail. Each of the three environments have their pluses and minuses. But the perks all psychiatrists share binds peers together: making a breakthrough in a difficult patient case, for example. Speaking of universality, let’s take a deeper look at the job of all psychiatrists.