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.
Median Annual Wage: $26,220
Education: High school diploma or equivalent (63%); Some college, no degree (16%); Bachelor's degree (12%)
Projected Growth: Slower than average (3% to 7%)
Related Job Titles: Mental Health Technician (MHT); Residential Counselor; Patient Care Assistant (PCA); Therapeutic Program Worker (TPW); Psychiatric Aide; Psychiatric Nursing Aide; Mental Health Worker (MHW); Resident Care Technician; Mental Health Aide (MHA); Psychiatric Nursing Assistant