FIND PERSONALIZED JOBS
Sign up to Zippia and discover your career options with your personalized career search.
×
FIND
PERSONALIZED JOBS

CONTENT HAS
BEEN UNLOCKED
Close this window to view unlocked content
or
find interesting jobs in

Log In

Log In to Save

Sign Up to Save

Sign Up to Dismiss

Sign Up

SIGN UP TO UNLOCK CONTENT

or

The email and password you specified are invalid. Please, try again.

Email and password are mandatory

Forgot Password?

Don't have an account? Sign Up

reset password

Enter your email address and we will send you a link to reset your password.

Back to Log In

Log In

Log In to Save

Sign Up to Save

Sign Up to Dismiss

Sign up to save the job and get personalized job recommendations.

Sign up to dismiss the job and get personalized job recommendations.

or

The email and password you specified are invalid. Please, try again.

Email and password are mandatory

Already have an account? Log in

reset password

Enter your email address and we will send you a link to reset your password.

Back to Log In

Company Saved

Answer a few questions and view jobs at that match your preferences.

Where do you want to work?

Job Saved

See your Saved Jobs now

or

find more interesting jobs in

Job Dismissed

Find better matching jobs in

Become A Behavioral Health Technician

Where do you want to work?

To get started, tell us where you'd like to work.
Sorry, we can't find that. Please try a different city or state.

Working As A Behavioral Health Technician

  • Assisting and Caring for Others
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Documenting/Recording Information
  • Getting Information
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Unpleasant/Angry People

  • Unpleasant/Hazardous Environment

  • Repetitive

  • Stressful

  • $58,257

    Average Salary

What Does A Behavioral Health Technician Do

Psychiatric technicians and aides care for people who have mental illness and developmental disabilities. Technicians typically provide therapeutic care and monitor their patients’ conditions. Aides help patients in their daily activities and ensure a safe, clean environment.

Duties

Psychiatric technicians, sometimes called mental health technicians, typically do the following:

  • Observe patients’ behavior, listen to their concerns, and record their condition
  • Lead patients in therapeutic and recreational activities
  • Give medications and other treatments to patients, following instructions from doctors and other medical professionals
  • Help with admitting and discharging patients
  • Monitor patients’ vital signs, such as their blood pressure
  • Help patients with activities of daily living, including eating and bathing
  • Restrain patients who may become physically violent

Psychiatric aides typically do the following:

  • Monitor patients’ behavior and location in a mental healthcare facility
  • Help patients with their daily living activities, such as bathing and dressing
  • Serve meals and help patients eat
  • Keep facilities clean by doing tasks such as changing bedlinens
  • Participate in group activities, such as playing sports and going on field trips
  • Help transport patients within a hospital or residential care facility
  • Restrain patients who may become physically violent

Many psychiatric technicians and aides work with patients who are severely developmentally disabled and need intensive care. Others work with patients undergoing rehabilitation for drug and alcohol addiction. The work of psychiatric technicians and aides varies with the types of patients they work with.

Psychiatric technicians and aides work as part of a medical team under the direction of physicians and with other team members, who may include psychiatrists, psychologists, psychiatric nurses, social workers, counselors, and therapists. For more information on the counselors and therapists they may work with, see the profiles on substance abuse and behavioral disorder counselors, rehabilitation counselors, and mental health counselors and marriage and family therapists.

Because they have such close contact with patients, psychiatric technicians and aides can have a great deal of influence on patients’ outlook and treatment.

Show More

Show Less

How To Become A Behavioral Health Technician

Psychiatric technicians typically need postsecondary education, and aides need at least a high school diploma. Both technicians and aides get on-the-job training.

Education

Psychiatric technicians typically have a postsecondary certificate. Often, they have experience as a nursing assistant or a licensed practical nurse and have completed postsecondary education in nursing.

Some psychiatric technicians also may have a postsecondary certificate or associate’s degree in psychiatric or mental health technology. These programs are offered by community colleges and technical schools and include courses in biology, psychology, and counseling. Psychiatric technician programs may include supervised work experience or cooperative programs, in which students gain academic credit for structured work experience.

Psychiatric aides typically need a high school diploma.

Training

Psychiatric technicians and aides usually have a short period of on-the-job training before they can work without direct supervision.

Training may include working with patients while under the close supervision of an experienced technician or aide. Technicians and aides also may attend workshops, lectures, or inservice training.

Work Experience

Psychiatric technicians typically need clinical experience, which can be gained by working in occupations such as nursing assistant or licensed practical nurse.

Important Qualities

Compassion. Because psychiatric technicians and aides spend much of their time interacting with patients, they should be caring and want to help people.

Interpersonal skills. Psychiatric technicians and aides often provide ongoing care for patients, so they should be able to develop a rapport with them. Gaining such rapport makes psychiatric technicians and aides better able to treat their patients and evaluate their condition.

Observational skills. Technicians must watch patients closely and be sensitive to any changes in behavior. For their safety and that of their patients, they must recognize signs of discomfort or trouble among patients.

Patience. Working with the mentally ill can be emotionally challenging. Psychiatric technicians and aides must be able to stay calm in stressful situations.

Physical stamina. Psychiatric technicians and aides must be able to lift, move, and sometimes restrain patients. They must also be able to spend much of their time on their feet.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

Most states do not license psychiatric technicians. California is one of the larger states that does. For those states which license them, technicians usually are required to complete an accredited education program, pass an exam, and pay a fee to be licensed.

Psychiatric aides are not required to be licensed.

The American Association of Psychiatric Technicians offers four levels of certification for psychiatric technicians. The certifications allow technicians to show a high level of professional competency. Requirements vary by certification.

Show More

Show Less

Do you work as a Behavioral Health Technician?

Behavioral Health Technician Jobs

NO RESULTS

Aw snap, no jobs found.

Add To My Jobs

Behavioral Health Technician Career Paths

Behavioral Health Technician
Clinician Program Director General Manager
Center Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Mental Health Specialist Registered Nurse Registered Nurse Case Manager
Clinical Care Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Clinician Therapist
Clinical Director
9 Yearsyrs
Therapist Clinical Supervisor
Clinical Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Case Manager Social Worker
Director Of Social Services
6 Yearsyrs
Licensed Practical Nurse Registered Nurse Supervisor Nurse Manager
Emergency Services Director
10 Yearsyrs
Community Support Specialist Support Specialist Direct Support Professional
Home Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Licensed Practical Nurse Staff Nurse
House Supervisor
6 Yearsyrs
Substance Abuse Counselor Therapist
Lead Therapist
5 Yearsyrs
Social Worker Office Manager Licensed Practical Nurse
Licensed Practical Nurse/Supervisor
5 Yearsyrs
Coach Security Officer Case Manager
Medical Case Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Social Worker Specialist Case Manager
Nurse Case Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Substance Abuse Counselor Program Coordinator Registered Nurse
Nurse Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Registered Nurse Registered Nurse Case Manager
Nursing Director
9 Yearsyrs
Coach Trainer Office Manager
Practice Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Case Manager Program Coordinator
Program Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Registered Nurse Staff Nurse
Registered Nurse Supervisor
7 Yearsyrs
Program Manager Service Director Director Of Food And Beverage
Resident Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Mental Health Specialist Facilitator Direct Support Professional
Residential Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Therapist Program Director
Service Director
10 Yearsyrs
Show More

Do you work as a Behavioral Health Technician?

Behavioral Health Technician Demographics

Gender

Female

65.1%

Male

33.5%

Unknown

1.4%
Ethnicity

White

63.7%

Hispanic or Latino

16.4%

Black or African American

9.8%

Asian

6.3%

Unknown

3.8%
Show More
Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

72.9%

French

7.1%

Arabic

2.1%

Swahili

1.4%

Hindi

1.4%

Navajo

1.4%

Greek

1.4%

Chinese

1.4%

German

1.4%

Japanese

1.4%

Urdu

1.4%

Swedish

0.7%

Telugu

0.7%

Vietnamese

0.7%

Samoan

0.7%

Somali

0.7%

Marshallese

0.7%

Russian

0.7%

Dakota

0.7%

Carrier

0.7%
Show More

Behavioral Health Technician Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

12.6%

Arizona State University

11.7%

Palm Beach State College

9.3%

Grand Canyon University

8.9%

Northern Arizona University

5.7%

Capella University

5.4%

Florida Atlantic University

5.2%

Indian River State College

4.9%

University of Arizona

4.2%

Walden University

3.8%

Pima Community College

3.6%

Liberty University

3.5%

University of South Florida

3.2%

Missouri State University

3.2%

University of Nebraska at Omaha

3.1%

Glendale Community College

2.6%

West Virginia State University

2.6%

Mesa Community College - Boswell

2.3%

Kaplan University

2.1%

Fairmont State University

2.0%
Show More
Majors

Psychology

24.6%

Criminal Justice

8.9%

Nursing

8.4%

Social Work

8.2%

Business

6.6%

Human Services

5.2%

Mental Health Counseling

4.6%

School Counseling

4.2%

Medical Assisting Services

3.8%

Counseling Psychology

3.3%

Nursing Assistants

3.3%

Health Care Administration

3.0%

Sociology

2.8%

Education

2.7%

General Studies

2.5%

Medical Technician

1.8%

Liberal Arts

1.7%

Public Health

1.6%

Clinical Psychology

1.5%

Communication

1.4%
Show More
Degrees

Bachelors

34.8%

Other

24.6%

Masters

19.8%

Associate

12.2%

Certificate

5.3%

Doctorate

1.4%

Diploma

1.2%

License

0.7%
Show More

Job type you want
Full Time
Part Time
Internship
Temporary

How Would You Rate The Salary Of a Behavioral Health Technician?

Have you worked as a Behavioral Health Technician? Help other job seekers by rating your experience as a Behavioral Health Technician.

Top Skills for A Behavioral Health Technician

Show More

  1. Behavioral Issues
  2. Patient Safety
  3. Independent Living
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Assist children/family with behavioral issues including drugs, alcohol and family domestic matters.
  • Participate in crisis intervention strategies and patient safety regulations.
  • Developed working therapeutic relationships with Individuals experiencing various mental illnesses, to transition from secure hospitalization to independent living.
  • Developed interventions for adolescents experiencing acute psychiatric difficulties and conducted crisis intervention and behavior modification techniques in acute situations.
  • Observed reported and recorded patient behaviors, implemented behavioral interventions according to individual patient treatment plans.

How Would You Rate Working As a Behavioral Health Technician?

Are you working as a Behavioral Health Technician? Help us rate Behavioral Health Technician as a Career.

Top Behavioral Health Technician Employers

Jobs From Top Behavioral Health Technician Employers

Behavioral Health Technician Videos

Mental Health Counselor, Career Video from drkit.org

Psychiatric Technician, Career Video from drkit.org

A Day in the Life of NHSC Mental Health and Behavioral Health Care Providers

Related to your recently viewed content