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PSYCHIATRIC TECHNICIANS
 
Occupation Description:
 
  Care for mentally impaired or emotionally disturbed individuals, following physician instructions and hospital procedures. 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 medications and hypodermic injections.
 
Typical Tasks:
 
 
  • Administer oral medications and hypodermic injections, following physician's prescriptions and hospital procedures.
  • Aid patients in performing tasks such as bathing and keeping beds, clothing and living areas clean.
  • Collaborate with and assist doctors, psychologists, and rehabilitation therapists working with mentally ill, emotionally disturbed, or developmentally disabled patients in order to treat, rehabilitate, and return patients to the community.
  • Encourage patients to develop work skills and to participate in social, recreational, and other therapeutic activities that enhance interpersonal skills and develop social relationships.
  • Monitor patients' physical and emotional well-being and report unusual behavior or physical ailments to medical staff.
  • Observe and influence patients' behavior, communicating and interacting with them and teaching, counseling and befriending them.
  • Provide nursing, psychiatric and personal care to mentally ill, emotionally disturbed or mentally retarded patients.
 
Skills:
 
 
  • Social Perceptiveness - Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do..
  • Service Orientation - Actively looking for ways to help people..
  • 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..
  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents..
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively..
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems..
  • Monitoring - Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action..
 
Knowledge:
 
 
  • 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..
  • 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..
  • 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..
  • Medicine and Dentistry - Knowledge of the information and techniques needed to diagnose and treat human injuries, diseases, and deformities. This includes symptoms, treatment alternatives, drug properties and interactions, and preventive health-care measures..
  • Clerical - Knowledge of administrative and clerical procedures and systems such as word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office procedures and terminology..
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar..
  • Biology - Knowledge of plant and animal organisms, their tissues, cells, functions, interdependencies, and interactions with each other and the environment..
 
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Education & Training:
 
  Post secondary vocational training
 
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Wage Information:
 
 
Region Average Annual Average Hourly Entry Level (hourly) Mid-Range  (hourly)
Statewide Units $47,743.00 $22.96 $16.93 $18.80 - $27.55
Bridgeport/Stamford $48,997.00 $23.56 $16.38 $18.75 - $29.41
Hartford $47,176.00 $22.68 $17.07 $18.92 - $27.15
New Haven $44,343.00 $21.32 $15.36 $17.41 - $25.56
      
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Occupation Outlook:
 
 
Region Employment Average Annual Growth Rate Average Annual Job Openings
2010 2020
State of Connecticut 1,280 1,430 1.1% 37
 
 
Chart of Growth Rate and Annual Openings   Employment in this occupation is expected to grow faster than average, but the number of annual openings will offer somewhat limited job opportunities.
Key:
  N/A = Not Applicable, ***** = Over $60.00 per hour, ##### = Over $124,821
 
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