Psychiatric Aides

Prospects: Favorable

*According to projected annual openings and year-over-year growth
Assist mentally impaired or emotionally disturbed patients, working under direction of nursing and medical staff. May assist with daily living activities, lead patients in educational and recreational activities, or accompany patients to and from examinations and treatments. May restrain violent patients. Includes psychiatric orderlies.

Number of positions

2012: 3,910    2014: 4,010

Annual job postings

New: 50    Replacement: 40
(Total: 90)   

Salaries in NYC

Starting at:
$32,020
($15/hour)
Middle:
$39,990
($19/hour)
Up to:
$43,390
($20/hour)
Average:
$39,600
($19/hour)

Educational requirements

Minimum education:
High school diploma or equivalent

Work experience:
None

On-the-job training:
Short-term on-the-job training

Education level achieved by workers

 

Sources: New York State Department of Labor, U.S. Department of Labor.