Psychiatric Technicians (29-2053)

Occupation description:  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.

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Employment and Job Openings

  Average employment Average annual openings
  2014 estimate2024 projectionPercent change GrowthReplacementTotal
Alaska 359407 13.45 49
United States 67,90071,400 5.2350 6701,020

Job outlook

  • Alaska: Alaska’s employment growth is moderate with moderate employment opportunities. Read more.


2015 Wages

  Mean Wage Wage by Percentile
  Mean10th25th Median75th90th
United States 17.449.9911.89 14.9721.6429.18
Alaska 18.0710.2412.66 16.3423.9128.69
Anchorage/Mat-Su Area 15.9910.0612.16 14.3218.4925.26

Labor Force Indicators

2015 Worker Characteristics
Total workersNonresident workers Percent nonresidentPercent age 45 plusPercent age 50 plus
36547 12.924.0 18.8
2015 Potential Supply
Qualified but working in another occupation173
Currently employed in a lower paid occupation35
UI claimants previously working in occupation40
2015 ALEXsys Employment Data
Number of registrants 108
Number of job position postings 9
Ratio of registrants to job position postings 12.0

Typical Entry-level Education, Experience, and/or On-the-job Training

Education: Postsecondary non-degree award Work experience: Less than 5 years On-the-job training: Short-term on-the-job training

Training Resources

 Degree
University of Alaska Anchorage   (Anchorage)
Human Services AAS
Human Services Bac

 Degree
University of Alaska Anchorage, Mat-Su   (Palmer)
Human Services AAS