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Psychiatric Technicians and Aides

Psychiatric Technicians and Aides
Quick Facts : Psychiatric Technicians and Aides*
2010 Median Pay$26,880
Entry Level Education
Work Experience in Related OccupationNone
Number of Jobs, 2012142,500
Job Outlook15% (About as fast as average)
Employment Change21,800

Psychiatric technicians and aides care for people who have mental illness and developmental disabilities. The two occupations are related, but technicians typically provide therapeutic care, and aides help patients in their daily activities and ensure a safe, clean environment. Many psychiatric technicians and aides work with patients who are severely developmentally disabled and need intensive care.

What Psychiatric Technicians and Aides Do

  • Give medications and other treatments, following instructions from doctors and other medical professionals
  • Monitor patients' vital signs, such as their blood pressure
  • Help patients with activities of daily living, including eating and bathing
  • Interact with patients, leading them in educational or therapeutic activities
  • Participate in group activities, such as playing sports or going on field trips

Work Environment

Psychiatric technicians and aides work in psychiatric hospitals, residential mental health facilities, and related healthcare settings. They may spend much of their shift on their feet, and they have a relatively high rate of injury.
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Job Outlook

Employment of psychiatric technicians and aides is expected to increase 15 percent from 2010.
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The average salary of psychiatric technicians was $28,710 in May 2010.
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Becoming a Psychiatric Technicians and Aides

Psychiatric technicians typically need postsecondary education, and aides need at least a high school diploma. Technicians and aides get on-the-job training before they can start working without direct supervision.
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