• Psychiatric Technicians
  • Health Science
  • Psychiatric technicians care for individuals with mental or emotional conditions or disabilities, following the instructions of physicians or other health practitioners. They monitor patients' physical and emotional well-being and report to medical staff.

    What do they typically do

    • Take and record measures of patients' physical condition using devices such as thermometers or blood pressure gauges
    • Monitor patients' physical and emotional well-being and report unusual behavior or physical ailments to medical staff
    • Provide nursing, psychiatric, or personal care to mentally ill, emotionally disturbed, or developmentally disabled patients
    • Observe and influence patients' behavior, communicating and interacting with them and teaching, counseling, or befriending them
    • Work with doctors, psychologists, or rehabilitation therapists to treat, rehabilitate, and return mentally ill, emotionally disturbed, or developmentally disabled patients to the community
    • Encourage patients to develop work skills and to participate in social, recreational, or other therapeutic activities that enhance interpersonal skills or develop social relationships
    • Restrain violent, potentially violent, or suicidal patients by verbal or physical means as required
    • Train or instruct new employees on procedures to follow with psychiatric patients

    Number of Jobs

    Average Annual
    Job Growth +0.8%
    Job Opening 159

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    Education & Training

    • Education

      Most occupations require training in vocational schools, related on-the-job experience, or an associate's degree.
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      License
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