• Psychiatric Technicians
  • Health Science
  • Annual Median Wage
    $ 35,210
    $24,340 range bar $47,230
    Annual NC Wage Range
    Growth Rate
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    Fast Growing
  • 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

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

Number of Jobs

Average Annual
Job Growth +0.8%
Job Opening 188

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Behavioral Health Technician, Health Care Technician, Licensed Psychiatric Technician (LPT), Mental Health Assistant (MHA), Mental Health Associate, Mental Health Technician (MHT), Mental Health Worker, Psychiatric Technician (PT), Residential Aide (RA)
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