Psychiatric technicians are one of the least happy careers in the United States.

At CareerExplorer, we conduct an ongoing survey with millions of people and ask them how satisfied they are with their careers. As it turns out, psychiatric technicians rate their career happiness 2.8 out of 5 stars which puts them in the bottom 17% of careers.

To put this into perspective, we compared how happy psychiatric technicians are to similar careers in the industry. Take a look at the results below:

Salaries and satisfaction ratings in similar careers

Career Satisfaction Avg Salary
Optician
2.9
$34k
Cardiovascular technologist and technician
2.9
$58k
Orthotist and prosthetist
2.9
$68k
Psychiatric technician
2.8
$35k
Licensed practical nurse
2.8
$45k
Pharmacy technician
2.8
$30k
Medical secretary
2.8
$27k

So what does it mean to be happy in your career? Let’s break it down into different dimensions:

  • Salary: Are psychiatric technicians happy with their salary?
  • Meaning: Do psychiatric technicians find their jobs meaningful?
  • Personality fit: How well suited are people’s personalities to their everyday tasks as psychiatric technicians?
  • Work environment: How enjoyable are psychiatric technician’s work environments?
  • Skills utilization: Are psychiatric technicians making the best use of their abilities?

Are psychiatric technicians happy with their salary?