Psychiatric technicians and aides care for people who have mental illness and developmental disabilities.
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.
Overall employment of psychiatric technicians and aides is projected to grow 12 percent from 2019 to 2029, much faster than the average for all occupations. Cognitive mental disorders, such as Alzheimer’s disease and dementia, are more likely to occur among older persons.
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.