Psychiatric Aides

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What do they do?

Assist mentally impaired or emotionally disturbed patients, working under direction of nursing and medical staff. May assist with daily living activities, lead patients in educational and recreational activities, or accompany patients to and from examinations and treatments. May restrain violent patients. Includes psychiatric orderlies.

Also known as:

Certified Nurses' Aide (CNA), Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA), Developmental Diabetes Secure Care Treatment Aide (DDSCTA), Mental Health Aide (MHA), Mental Health Associate, Mental Health Technician (MHT), Mental Health Worker (MHW), Nursing Assistant, Patient Care Assistant (PCA), Professional Nursing Assistant (PNA), Psychiatric Aide, Psychiatric Assistant, Psychiatric Nursing Aide, Psychiatric Nursing Assistant, Psychiatric Technician, Resident Care Technician, Residential Counselor, Therapeutic Program Worker (TPW)

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Projected Growth Rate

Employment of Psychiatric Aides is projected to grow 3 percent from 2018 to 2028, more slowly than average compared to all occupations.

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Projected Employment

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Projected Employment Rankings For Virginia:

  • 3.1%

    Percent Change

    Ranks #15 in job growth rate
  • 170

    Annual Projected Job Openings

    Ranks #12 in net job growth

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Education Level

  • Doctorate or Professional Degree (0.9%)
  • Master's degree (1.4%)
  • Bachelor's degree (7.2%)
  • Associate's degree (10.5%)
  • Some college, no degree (31.2%)
  • High school diploma equivalent (36.1%)
  • Less than high school diploma (12.7%)

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Skills

People in this career often have these skills:

  • Social Perceptiveness - Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
  • Service Orientation - Actively looking for ways to help people.
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Monitoring - Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
  • Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • Coordination - Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
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Knowledge

People in this career often know a lot about:

  • Psychology - Knowledge of human behavior and performance; individual differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; psychological research methods; and the assessment and treatment of behavioral and affective disorders.
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • Customer and Personal Service - Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
  • Therapy and Counseling - Knowledge of principles, methods, and procedures for diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation of physical and mental dysfunctions, and for career counseling and guidance.
  • Public Safety and Security - Knowledge of relevant equipment, policies, procedures, and strategies to promote effective local, state, or national security operations for the protection of people, data, property, and institutions.
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Abilities

People in this career often have talent in:

  • Oral Comprehension - The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
  • Oral Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
  • Problem Sensitivity - The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
  • Inductive Reasoning - The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).
  • Deductive Reasoning - The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
  • Written Comprehension - The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
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Activities: what you might do in a day

People in this career often do these activities:

  • Record vital statistics or other health information.
  • Maintain medical records.
  • Encourage patients during therapeutic activities.
  • Monitor patients to detect health problems.
  • Assess physical conditions of patients to aid in diagnosis or treatment.
  • Hold patients to ensure proper positioning or safety.
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This page includes data from:

O*NET OnLine Career data: O*NET 24.3 Database by the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration (“USDOL/ETA”). Used under the CC BY 4.0 license. O*NET® is a trademark of USDOL/ETA

Occupation statistics: USDOL U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Employment Statistics

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