We surveyed 656 psychiatric technicians to better understand the work environment and required skills of a typical psychiatric technician. Here are the results.

How much intelligence is required as a psychiatric technician?

Low

High

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

Can I learn to become a psychiatric technician?

Intrinsic Talent

Acquired Talent

A career as a psychiatric technician 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 technician?

Easy

Hard

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

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

82% of psychiatric technicians work in full-time roles while 18% work part-time.

Is being a psychiatric technician stressful?

Low

High

Psychiatric technicians tend not to find their jobs stressful, which likely contributes positively to career satisfaction.

Is being organized important as a psychiatric technician?

Low

High

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

How competitive is the workplace for psychiatric technicians?

Low

High

Competition at work is not common for psychiatric technicians.

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

Low

High

Time pressure tends not to be a major contributor of stress for psychiatric technicians.

Are psychiatric technicians allowed to express themselves creatively?

Low

High

Psychiatric technicians rarely get a chance to express themselves creatively.

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

Low

High

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

Is being a psychiatric technician physically demanding?

Low

High

Work as a psychiatric technicians is not the most physically demanding of careers, falling in the bottom half of all careers.

Are psychiatric technicians exposed to a wide variety of work?

Low

High

Psychiatric technicians tend to have a monotonous work routine, with little variety in their day-to-day tasks.

Does being a psychiatric technician require attention to detail?

Low

High

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

Does being a good psychiatric technician require compassion and empathy?

Low

High

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