Psychiatric technicians care for individuals with mental or emotional conditions or disabilities, by following the instructions of physicians or other health practitioners. They monitor their patients’ physical and emotional well-being and report to medical staff. Psychiatric technicians may also participate in rehabilitation and treatment programs, help with personal hygiene, and administer oral or injectable medications.
Psychiatric technicians work in mental health facilities, and hospitals.
Most psychiatric technicians are required to train in vocational schools, or obtain an associate’s degree. Obtaining a certification is voluntary for this position.