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Psychiatric Aides

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Assist mentally impaired or emotionally disturbed patients, working under direction of nursing and medical staff. May assist with daily living activities, lead patients in educational and recreational activities, or accompany patients to and from examinations and treatments. May restrain violent patients. Includes psychiatric orderlies.


  • Numerous job openings and excellent job opportunities are expected.
  • Most jobs are in nursing and residential care facilities and in hospitals.
  • A high school diploma is required for many jobs; specific qualifications vary by occupation, State laws, and work setting.
  • This occupation is characterized by modest entry requirements, low pay, high physical and emotional demands, and limited advancement opportunities.


Personality I like helping others
Salary $25,170/yr ($12.59/hr)
Job Outlook Average
Education High School diploma