|Quick Facts: Psychiatric Technicians and Aides|
$26,880 per year
$12.92 per hour
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|Short-term on-the-job training|
|15% (About as fast as average)|
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.
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.
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 work without direct supervision.
The median annual wage for psychiatric technicians was $28,710 in May 2010. The median annual wage for psychiatric aides was $24,950 in May 2010.
Employment of psychiatric technicians is expected to increase 15 percent from 2010 to 2020, about as fast as the average for all occupations. Employment of psychiatric aides is expected to increase 15 percent from 2010 to 2020, about as fast as the average for all occupations.
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