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Aide, Psychiatric
Summary Job Description Education Skills, Abilities and Interests More Information

ActivitiesCare for mentally impaired or emotionally disturbed individuals. They work under a team that may include psychiatrists, psychologists, psychiatric nurses, social workers, and therapists.

OutlookFaster-than-average-job growth

Median Income$24,950 per year in May 2010

Work Context & ConditionsMost full-time aides work about 40 hours a week, but because patients need care 24 hours a day, some aides work evenings, nights, weekends, and holidays. Many work part-time. Aides spend many hours standing and walking, mostly indoors, and they often face heavy workloads.

Minimum Education RequirementsGeneral High School Program

SkillsPersuasion, Social Perceptiveness, Learning Strategies, Critical Thinking, Instructing, Active Listening, Writing, Service Orientation, Active Learning, Coordination, Reading Comprehension, Speaking

AbilitiesOral Expression, Speech Recognition, Problem Sensitivity, Speech Clarity, Oral Comprehension