Military Psychiatric Assistants

Military Career

General Information

Description

Psychiatric assistants help psychiatrists or other healthcare professionals with diagnosing, preventing, and treating mental disorders. Psychiatric assistants may work in outpatient or inpatient settings and are available to help service members suffering from combat-related disorders along with their families. They interview and observe patients and provide them with counseling. Often these professionals represent the front lines of treatment for service members suffering with psychological conditions.  

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Work Environment

Psychiatric assistants work in hospitals and clinics on land or aboard ships. In combat situations, they may work in mobile field hospitals.

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
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Military Outlook

Service Branches

Jobs in this career field may be available in other service branches. Call or email a particular branch for more info.

Military Status

  • Enlisted
    • Hands-on/specialized
    • High school diploma required

Military Workforce

Psychiatric Assistants in the Military

1,025

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Salary

Average Salary

$54,877

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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%

Military training

All enlisted service members complete basic military training, which includes time spent in a classroom and in the field, and covers tactical and survival skills, physical training, military life and customs, and weapons training. Psychiatric assistants in the Military will gain skills through classroom study, laboratory demonstrations, practical exercises, and on-the-job experience. Job-specific training content may include: Patient care techniquesEmergency medical treatmentWorking on a medical teamClinical laboratory proceduresMedical management information systems

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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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