Behavioral Health Technician

Behavioral Health Technicians play an important role in assisting Psychologists, Psychiatrists, and other Mental Health professionals. Being certified in this career brings forth many opportunities to work in a variety of facilities from Treatment Centers, Hospitals, Residential treatment facilities, Psychologist offices to private home care and much more! Behavioral Health Technicians observe patients, listen to their concerns, check vital signs, administer medication under the direction of medical staff and help with daily patient needs. When a patient’s mood or behavior changes, a technician must be able to appropriately assess, modify the patient’s actions and alert medical professionals. This field is growing exponentially and will provide you with a rewarding career!

CAREER OPPORTUNITIES INCLUDE

  • Behavioral Health Tech
  • Mental Health Tech
  • Peer Support Specialist
  • Residential Aid
  • Recovery Specialist
 

PAY

The median annual wage for psychiatric aides was $31,570 in May 2020.

The median annual wage for psychiatric technicians was $35,030 in May 2020.

JOB OUTLOOK

Overall employment of psychiatric technicians and aides is projected to grow 11 percent from 2020 to 2030, faster than the average for all occupations.

About 15,200 openings for psychiatric technicians and aides are projected each year, on average, over the decade. Many of those openings are expected to result from the need to replace workers who transfer to different occupations or exit the labor force, such as to retire.

Psychiatric Technicians and Aides : Occupational Outlook Handbook: : U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (bls.gov)

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