Alabama Department of Labor

Labor Market Information Division
SOC: 29-2053 Psychiatric Technicians
Care for mentally impaired or emotionally disturbed individuals, following physician instructions and hospital procedures. Monitor patients' physical and emotional well-being and report to medical staff. May participate in rehabilitation and treatment programs, help with personal hygiene, and administer oral medications and hypodermic injections.
Education: Most occupations in this zone require training in vocational schools, related on-the-job experience, or an associate's degree.
OJT: Employees in these occupations usually need one or two years of training involving both on-the-job experience and informal training with experienced workers. A recognized apprenticeship program may be associated with these occupations.
Tasks: Take and record measures of patients' physical condition, using devices such as thermometers or blood pressure gauges. Monitor patients' physical and emotional well-being and report unusual behavior or physical ailments to medical staff. Provide nursing, psychiatric, or personal care to mentally ill, emotionally disturbed, or mentally retarded patients. Observe and influence patients' behavior, communicating and interacting with them and teaching, counseling, or befriending them. Collaborate with or assist doctors, psychologists, or rehabilitation therapists in working with mentally ill, emotionally disturbed, or developmentally disabled patients to treat, rehabilitate, and return patients to the community. Encourage patients to develop work skills and to participate in social, recreational, or other therapeutic activities that enhance interpersonal skills or develop social relationships. Restrain violent, potentially violent, or suicidal patients by verbal or physical means as required. Train or instruct new employees on procedures to follow with psychiatric patients. Develop or teach strategies to promote client wellness and independence.
License: This applicant should contact the State Board of Examiners in Psychology for application process and examination schedules. Application Fee: $227.50 Annual License Renewal Fee: $113.75 Examination Fee: $600.00 Continuing Education Fee: $50.00
Outlook: Good
Alabama Employment Outlook
Alabama Wage Data
Hourly Wage   Annual Wage
Entry $9.48   Entry $19,718.00
Mean $13.71   Mean $28,514.00
Experience $15.83 Experience $32,918.00

The data is based on the May 2017 Occupation Employment Survey employment and wage estimate file. The wages have been aged using the most current ECI factors reflecting wages as of June 2018.

Alabama Projections
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