|Quick Facts: Psychiatric Technicians and Aides|
|2012 Median Pay||
$27,440 per year
$13.19 per hour
|Entry-Level Education||See How to Become One|
|Work Experience in a Related Occupation||None|
|On-the-job Training||Short-term on-the-job training|
|Number of Jobs, 2012||153,000|
|Job Outlook, 2012-22||5% (Slower than average)|
|Employment Change, 2012-22||7,600|
Psychiatric technicians and aides care for people who have mental illness and developmental disabilities. Technicians typically provide therapeutic care. 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 high injury and illness rates.
Psychiatric technicians typically need postsecondary education, and aides need at least a high school diploma. Technicians and aides get on-the-job training.
In May 2012, the median annual wage for psychiatric technicians was $30,050. The median annual wage for psychiatric aides was $24,580 in May 2012.
Employment of psychiatric technicians and aides is projected to grow 5 percent from 2012 to 2022, slower than the average for all occupations. Demand for this occupation will stem from the growth of the older population. Older people typically experience higher rates of cognitive illnesses than younger people do.
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