Career Details

Psychiatric Aide

Career Overview

Psychiatric aides assist mentally impaired or emotionally disturbed patients, working under direction of nursing and medical staff.


A high school diploma or equivalent is likely required to obtain this position. The training for this position is likely to occur on the job.

Salary Expectations

Low End:
High End:
$18,000 /yr
$26,000 /yr
$42,000 /yr

Recommended Courses

  • Biology
  • Psychology
  • English - as much as possible!
  • Communication
Future Outlook

The job outlook for this position looks good over the next 10 years, keeping in mind that geographical differences may exist.

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Work Environment

Psychiatric aides work in psychiatric hospitals, residential mental health facilities, and related healthcare settings. They may spend much of their shift on their feet.


Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook

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