Psychiatric technicians and aides care for people who have mental illness and developmental disabilities.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.How to Become a Psychiatric Technician or Aide
Psychiatric technicians typically need a postsecondary certificate, and aides need at least a high school diploma or equivalent. Both technicians and aides get on-the-job training.Pay
The median annual wage for psychiatric aides was $31,570 in May 2020.
The median annual wage for psychiatric technicians was $35,030 in May 2020.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.State & Area Data
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