Psychiatric Technicians

General Information

Description

Care for individuals with mental or emotional conditions or disabilities, following the instructions of physicians or other health practitioners. Monitor patients' physical and emotional well-being and report to medical staff. May participate in rehabilitation and treatment programs, help with personal hygiene, and administer oral or injectable medications.

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Business Breakdown

People in this career work in these sectors.

  1. Private, for profit52.31%
  2. Private, not for profit21.40%
  3. State and local government21.35%
  4. Federal government2.63%
  5. Self-employed1.53%

Workplace at a Glance

What you can expect to experience while on the job

  • Responsibility
  • Exposure to job hazards
  • Physical activity
  • Decision making
  • Repetitiveness
  • Level of competition
  • Time pressure

Job Outlook

Overall employment of psychiatric technicians and aides is projected to grow 11 percent from 2020 to 2030, faster than the average for all occupations. About 15,200 openings for psychiatric technicians and aides are projected each year, on average, over the decade. Many of those openings are expected to result from the need to replace workers who transfer to different occupations or exit the labor force, such as to retire.

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Salary

Average Salary

Salary

$35,030

Military salary*

$54,877

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State-by-state Salary

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$60,400
$23,270
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Education

Most Common Education Levels

People in this career achieve this level of education.

  • High school 47%
  • Master's degree 38%
  • Post baccalaureate 9%
  • Bachelor's degree 3%
  • Associate's degree 1%
  • Some college 0%
  • Doctoral degree 0%
  • Less than high school 0%
  • Post-doctoral training 0%
  • Post-master's certificate 0%
  • First professional degree 0%
  • Post-secondary certificate 0%

Related College Majors

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Knowledge

  • Psychology
  • Therapy and Counseling
  • Public Safety and Security
  • Customer and Personal Service
  • Education and Training

Skills at a Glance

Skills helpful in this career

  • Verbal skills
  • Critical thinking & problem solving
  • Equipment operation & maintenance
  • Math & science skills
  • Technology design & control
  • Leadership
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