What does a Psychiatric Technician do?

Psychiatric technicians are the support staff working in the mental health care field. They are employed in locations including hospitals, private institutions, or patient residences. They observe and report patient behavior, moods, and their general well-being. They are responsible for ensuring patients are comfortable during and between their treatments and provide needed hands-on care for people with mental disabilities or mental illnesses.

Psychiatric technicians provide transportation to and from treatment and some are tasked with bathing, dressing, and feeding patients based upon their individual abilities. They track patients’ behavioral changes if necessary to help health care providers get a better understanding of the patient's behavior patterns. They measure vital signs and take samples of bodily fluids including urine if needed or requested by the health care provider. They administer medication and conduct recreational and therapeutic activities. Psychiatric technicians need certification or an associate’s degree in psychiatric or mental health technology, certification in CPR, and a license when required by the state.

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Average Years of Experience

0 - 1
2 - 4
5 - 7

Common Skill Sets

CPR First Aid
Interpersonal and Communication
Degree IN Psychology
Written Communication
Spanish Speaking
Excellent Communication

Psychiatric Technician Seniority Levels

Behavior Therapist
19% made the transition
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Psychiatric Technician Salaries

Average Base Pay

$44,870 /yr
Same as national average
Not including cash compensation
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Median: $45K
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