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Psychiatric Technicians

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Care for individuals with mental or emotional conditions or disabilities, following the instructions of physicians or other health practitioners. 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 or injectable medications.

    Work Activities
    • 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.
    • Administer oral medications or hypodermic injections, following physician's prescriptions and hospital procedures.
    • Observe and influence patients' behavior, communicating and interacting with them and teaching, counseling, or befriending them.
    • Issue medications from dispensary and maintain records in accordance with specified procedures.
    • Aid patients in performing tasks, such as bathing or keeping beds, clothing, or living areas clean.
    • 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.
    • Lead prescribed individual or group therapy sessions as part of specific therapeutic procedures.
    • Train or instruct new employees on procedures to follow with psychiatric patients.
    • Develop or teach strategies to promote client wellness and independence.
    • Interview new patients to complete admission forms, to assess their mental health status, or to obtain their mental health and treatment history.
    • Escort patients to medical appointments.
    • Contact patients' relatives to arrange family conferences.
    Skills
    • Social Perceptiveness

      Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.

    • Speaking

      Talking to others to convey information effectively.

    • Active Listening

      Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.

    WorkKeys®
    Applied Math
    4
    Workplace Documents
    5
    Graphic Literacy
    4
    Abilities
    • Oral Comprehension

      The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.

    • Oral Expression

      The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.

    • Problem Sensitivity

      The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.

    Knowledge
    • Psychology

      Knowledge of human behavior and performance; individual differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; psychological research methods; and the assessment and treatment of behavioral and affective disorders.

    • Therapy and Counseling

      Knowledge of principles, methods, and procedures for diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation of physical and mental dysfunctions, and for career counseling and guidance.

    • Customer and Personal Service

      Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.

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    Pay
    • Ohio Annual Salary $31,750/yr
    • Typical Salary
    • Ohio Hourly Wage $15.26/hr
    • Typical Hourly Wage
    Ohio Employment Trends
    • Currently Employed 1,220
    • Yearly Projected Openings 110
    Typical Education
    Personality
    Social: People interested in this work like activities that include helping people, teaching, and talking. They do well at jobs that need:
    • Concern for Others
    • Stress Tolerance
    • Adaptability/Flexibility
    • Dependability
    • Integrity
    • Self Control
    Tools
    • Vacuum blood collection tubes or containers
    • Therapeutic heating or cooling pads or compresses or packs
    • Oxygen therapy delivery system products accessories or its supplies
    • Lancets
    • Glucose monitors or meters
    Technology
    • Word processing software
    • Spreadsheet software
    • Office suite software
    • Medical software
    • Inventory management software
    Tags
    • InDemand occupations are considered a priority by the state of Ohio.