Psychiatric technicians typically enter the occupation with a postsecondary certificate. Programs in psychiatric or mental health technology are commonly offered by community colleges and technical schools. Psychiatric technician programs include courses in biology, psychology, and counselling. The programs also may include supervised work experience or cooperative programs, in which students gain academic credit for structured work experience.

Programs for psychiatric technicians range in length from one semester to two years, and they are awarded either a certificate or an associate’s degree. They typically must participate in on-the-job training before they can work without direct supervision. This training may last for a few weeks or for several months. Training may include gaining hands-on experience while working under the supervision of an experienced technician or aide. Technicians may also attend workshops, lectures, or in-service training.

What are Psychiatric Technicians like?


Based on our pool of users, Psychiatric Technicians tend to be predominately investigative people. Take our career test to see what career interest category best describes you.

Psychiatric Technicians by Strongest Interest Archetype

Based on sample of 157 Sokanu users

Are Psychiatric Technicians happy?


Psychiatric Technicians rank among the least happy careers. Overall they rank in the 15th percentile of careers for satisfaction scores.

Psychiatric Technician Career Satisfaction by Dimension

Percentile among all careers

Education History of Psychiatric Technicians

The most common degree held by Psychiatric Technicians is Psychology. 26% of Psychiatric Technicians had a degree in Psychology before becoming Psychiatric Technicians. That is over 4 times the average across all careers. Criminal Justice graduates are the second most common among Psychiatric Technicians, representing 4% of Psychiatric Technicians in the Sokanu user base, which is 2.8 times the average.

Psychiatric Technician Education History

This table shows which degrees people earn before becoming a Psychiatric Technician, compared to how often those degrees are obtained by people who earn at least one post secondary degree.

Degree % of Psychiatric Technicians % of population Multiple
Psychology 26.1% 6.9% 3.8×
Criminal Justice 3.8% 1.4% 2.8×
Counseling Psychology 3.8% 0.4% 10.8×
Biology 2.5% 3.6% 0.7×
Sociology 2.5% 2.1% 1.2×
Neuroscience 1.9% 0.5% 3.5×
Communications 1.9% 3.3% 0.6×

Psychiatric Technician Education Levels

47% of Psychiatric Technicians have a high school diploma. 38% of Psychiatric Technicians have a master's degree.

No education 0%
High school diploma 47%
Associate's degree 1%
Bachelor's degree 13%
Master's degree 38%
Doctorate degree 0%

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