We surveyed 511 psychiatric aides to better understand the work environment and required skills of a typical psychiatric aide. Here are the results.

How much intelligence is required as a psychiatric aide?

Low

High

Working as a psychiatric aide typically doesn’t require the use of high levels of intelligence in daily tasks.

Can I learn to become a psychiatric aide?

Intrinsic Talent

Acquired Talent

A career as a psychiatric aide typically depends predominantly on qualities you can gain through experience, with a small aspect of skills you are born with.

Is it easy to get a job as a psychiatric aide?

Easy

Hard

It’s typically difficult to find a job as a psychiatric aide. If you’re curious about the numbers, check out the job market for psychiatric aides.

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Do psychiatric aides work full-time or part-time?

77% of psychiatric aides work in full-time roles while 23% work part-time.

Is being a psychiatric aide stressful?

Low

High

Stress is very commonplace for psychiatric aides, contributing negatively towards career satisfaction.

Is being organized important as a psychiatric aide?

Low

High

Organization is not considered a particuarly important part of being a psychiatric aide.

How competitive is the workplace for psychiatric aides?

Low

High

Competition at work is not common for psychiatric aides.

Does being a psychiatric aide require frequent time pressure to complete tasks?

Low

High

Psychiatric aides will have to sometimes face time pressure on the job.

Are psychiatric aides allowed to express themselves creatively?

Low

High

Psychiatric aides rarely get a chance to express themselves creatively.

Do psychiatric aides have control over the direction of their work?

Low

High

Psychiatric aides tend to have a set and inflexible work schedule that they are unable to deviate from too much.

Is being a psychiatric aide physically demanding?

Low

High

Being a psychiatric aide requires significant physical work, and is not a career for those unable to perform continuous and/or strenuous physical activity.

Are psychiatric aides exposed to a wide variety of work?

Low

High

While sometimes repetitive, psychiatric aides tend to have opportunities for variety in their work.

Does being a psychiatric aide require attention to detail?

Low

High

Attention to detail isn't necessarily required to be successful as a psychiatric aide.

Does being a good psychiatric aide require compassion and empathy?

Low

High

Strong compassion and empathy are critical to success as a psychiatric aide.