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Working As A 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

  • $52,000

    Average Salary

What Does A 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.

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How To Become A 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.

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Health Technician Career Paths

Health Technician
Behavioral Health Technician Therapist Massage Therapist
Business Owner
6 Yearsyrs
Medical Support Assistant Service Representative Account Manager
Client Services Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Registered Nurse Registered Nurse Case Manager Nursing Director
Consultant Nurse
11 Yearsyrs
Driver Operation Supervisor Distribution Manager
Director Of Distribution
11 Yearsyrs
Educator Esthetician Front Office Manager
Director Of Front Office
5 Yearsyrs
Direct Support Professional Case Manager Assistant Director
Director Of Training
7 Yearsyrs
Case Manager Account Manager District Manager
Division Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Health Educator Substance Abuse Counselor Child Protective Investigator
Family Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Laboratory Assistant/Phlebotomist Respiratory Therapist Health Care Specialist
Health Unit Supervisor
5 Yearsyrs
Medical Technologist Specialist Direct Support Professional
Home Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Medical Support Assistant Human Resources Assistant Human Resources Coordinator
Human Resources Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Direct Support Professional Support Specialist Network Administrator
Information Technology Systems Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Technician Phlebotomist Laboratory Technician
Laboratory Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Case Manager Project Manager Owner
Owner/Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Medical Technologist Project Manager Vice President
Partner
6 Yearsyrs
Licensed Practical Nurse Nurse Staff Nurse
Registered Nurse Case Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Licensed Practical Nurse Staff Nurse
Registered Nurse Supervisor
7 Yearsyrs
Registered Nurse Staff Nurse
Registered Nurse Unit Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Behavioral Health Technician Case Manager Service Coordinator
Service Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Technician Service Manager Operations Manager
Site Manager
7 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Surgery Technician 3.2 years
Monitor Technician 3.1 years
Health Technician 3.0 years
Technician 2.6 years
Rehab Technician 2.4 years
Health Assistant 2.4 years
Therapy Technician 2.2 years
Top Careers Before Health Technician
Internship 5.3%
Cashier 5.3%
Secretary 2.7%
Volunteer 2.6%
Top Careers After Health Technician
Internship 3.8%
Technician 3.8%
Volunteer 3.3%
Supervisor 3.0%
Cashier 3.0%

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Health Technician Demographics

Gender

Female

68.6%

Male

29.4%

Unknown

2.0%
Ethnicity

White

61.3%

Hispanic or Latino

17.1%

Black or African American

11.5%

Asian

6.4%

Unknown

3.8%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

70.2%

French

7.4%

Portuguese

2.1%

Chinese

2.1%

German

2.1%

Russian

2.1%

Navajo

2.1%

Swedish

1.1%

Vietnamese

1.1%

Dakota

1.1%

Mandarin

1.1%

Burmese

1.1%

Hindi

1.1%

Tagalog

1.1%

Hebrew

1.1%

Polish

1.1%

Arabic

1.1%

Hausa

1.1%
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Health Technician Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

18.6%

Grand Canyon University

10.9%

Kaplan University

5.4%

Keiser University

5.0%

University of North Dakota

4.5%

Arizona State University

4.5%

Indian River State College

4.5%

Liberty University

4.5%

Walden University

4.1%

Northern Arizona University

4.1%

South University

4.1%

Troy University

3.6%

University of Maryland - University College

3.6%

University of West Florida

3.6%

Hinds Community College

3.2%

Columbia Southern University

3.2%

Ashford University

3.2%

Glendale Community College

3.2%

American InterContinental University

3.2%

Community College of the Air Force

3.2%
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Majors

Nursing

15.9%

Medical Assisting Services

12.1%

Business

11.1%

Health Care Administration

8.5%

Psychology

7.1%

Medical Technician

5.3%

Kinesiology

5.0%

Criminal Justice

4.5%

Nursing Assistants

4.1%

General Studies

3.5%

Social Work

3.5%

Biology

3.2%

Public Health

3.0%

Health Sciences And Services

2.5%

Management

2.4%

Education

1.9%

Human Services

1.9%

Health Education

1.7%

School Counseling

1.6%

Liberal Arts

1.4%
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Degrees

Bachelors

29.8%

Other

27.6%

Associate

15.8%

Masters

13.8%

Certificate

7.9%

Diploma

3.4%

Doctorate

0.9%

License

0.8%
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Real Health Technician Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Health Technologists and Technicians, All Other* Mount Sinai Medical Center New York, NY Nov 06, 2012 $90,000
Health Technologists and Technicians, All Other* Surgical Monitoring Services, Inc. Boston, MA Mar 26, 2013 $65,000 -
$85,000
Health Technologists and Technicians, All Other* Surgical Monitoring Services, Inc. Boston, MA Aug 19, 2014 $65,000 -
$85,000
Health Technologists and Technicians, All Other Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center Cincinnati, OH Jun 04, 2008 $52,000
Health Technologists and Technicians, All Other* Surgical Monitoring Services, Inc. Lake Worth, FL Nov 07, 2013 $50,000 -
$70,000
Health Technologists and Technicians, All Other Glendale Kidney Center Glendale, CA Oct 14, 2008 $46,958
Health Technologists and Technicians, All Others Impulse Monitoring, Inc. Charlottesville, VA Mar 01, 2010 $45,000 -
$50,000
Health Technologists and Technicians, All Other* Matossian Eye Associates Pennington, NJ Aug 07, 2014 $40,269
Health Technologist, All Other Children's Hospital Boston, MA Feb 21, 2008 $40,206
Health Technologists and Technicians, All Other* Advanced Sleep Laboratories LLC Sandy Springs, GA Feb 20, 2013 $40,008 -
$21
Health Technologists and Technicians, All Other* Advanced Sleep Laboratories LLC Sandy Springs, GA Dec 06, 2012 $40,008 -
$21
Health Technologists and Technicians, All Other* Advanced Sleep Laboratories LLC Sandy Springs, GA Dec 19, 2012 $40,008 -
$21
Health Technologist and Technician, All Other Belmont Center for Comprehensive Treatment Philadelphia, PA Aug 18, 2010 $37,690
Health Technologists & Technician, All Others Kidney Care Services Jersey City, NJ May 22, 2009 $37,378
Health Technologists & Technicians Ultimate Renal Care Hyattsville, MD Mar 05, 2008 $36,689 -
$51,132
Health Technologist The Offices of Ramel A. Carlos, M.D., Inc. Nov 15, 2009 $33,987
Health Technologist The Offices of Ramel A. Carlos, M.D., Inc. Mar 01, 2010 $33,987

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AVERAGE SALARY FOR A Health Technician

Average Yearly Salary
$52,000
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$30,000
Min 10%
$52,000
Median 50%
$52,000
Median 50%
$52,000
Median 50%
$52,000
Median 50%
$52,000
Median 50%
$52,000
Median 50%
$52,000
Median 50%
$88,000
Max 90%
Highest Paying City
Brownsville, TX
Highest Paying State
Hawaii
Avg Experience Level
2.6 years
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The national average salary for a Health Technician in the United States is $52,066 per year or $25 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $30,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $88,000.

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Top Skills for A Health Technician

  1. Patient Care
  2. Medical Records
  3. Blood Pressure
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  • Collaborate with various members of the interdisciplinary team to ensure accurate delivery of patient care.
  • Participated in a side project involving analyzing and interpreting the medical records of patients entering the hospital with suspected meningitis cases.
  • Provide services to company's employees such as Blood Pressures, Finger sticks, Height, Weight and Body Mass Index.
  • Provide basic client care services including vital signs, nutrition intake, hydration, food tolerance, and basic health status.
  • Enhanced the vendor relations and insured the correct provider information was accurately documented for individual health care payments.

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  4. California
  5. Wyoming
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