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Mental Health Services Technician

1,470 Associates's Degrees Annually
338 Bachelor's Degrees Annually
#34 in Popularity (Associate's)
$31,090 Median Salary

Types of Degrees Mental Health Services Technician Majors Are Getting

The following table lists how many psychiatric/mental health services technician graduations there were in 2018-2019 for each degree level.

Education Level Number of Grads
Associate’s Degree 1,470
Undergraduate Certificate 987
Bachelor’s Degree 338
Basic Certificate 287

What Mental Health Services Technician Majors Need to Know

O*NET surveyed people in occupations related to psychiatric/mental health services technician and asked them what knowledge areas, skills, and abilities were important for their jobs. The responses were rated on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being most important.

Knowledge Areas for Psychiatric/Mental Health Services Technician Majors

This major prepares you for careers in which these knowledge areas are important:

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  • Psychology - Knowledge of human behavior and performance; individual differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; psychological research methods; and the assessment and treatment of behavioral and affective disorders.
  • Customer and Personal Service - Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
  • Therapy and Counseling - Knowledge of principles, methods, and procedures for diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation of physical and mental dysfunctions, and for career counseling and guidance.
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • Public Safety and Security - Knowledge of relevant equipment, policies, procedures, and strategies to promote effective local, state, or national security operations for the protection of people, data, property, and institutions.

Skills for Psychiatric/Mental Health Services Technician Majors

A major in psychiatric/mental health services technician prepares you for careers in which the following skill-sets are crucial:

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  • Social Perceptiveness - Being aware of others’ reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Monitoring - Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
  • Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • Service Orientation - Actively looking for ways to help people.

Abilities for Psychiatric/Mental Health Services Technician Majors

Some of the most crucial abilities to master while a psychiatric/mental health services technician student include the following:

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  • Oral Comprehension - The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
  • Oral Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
  • Problem Sensitivity - The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
  • Inductive Reasoning - The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).
  • Deductive Reasoning - The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.

What Can You Do With a Mental Health Services Technician Major?

Below is a list of occupations associated with psychiatric/mental health services technician:

Job Title Job Growth Rate Median Salary
Psychiatric Aides 5.6% $29,180
Psychiatric Technicians 5.9% $32,870

Who Is Getting an Associate’s Degree in Mental Health Services Technician?

1,470 Associate's Degrees Annually
85% Percent Women
55% Percent Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
This major is dominated by women with about 85% of recent graduates being female.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

At the countrywide level, the racial-ethnic distribution of psychiatric/mental health services technician majors is as follows:

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Psychiatric/Mental Health Services Technician Students with Associate's Degrees
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 56
Black or African American 393
Hispanic or Latino 316
White 604
International Students 17
Other Races/Ethnicities 84

Geographic Diversity

Americans aren’t the only ones with an interest in Psychiatric/Mental Health Services Technician. About 1.2% of those with this major are international students.

How Much Do Mental Health Services Technician Majors Make?

Salaries According to BLS

Average salaries range from $31,090 to $37,760 (25th to 75th percentile) for careers related to psychiatric/mental health services technician. This range includes all degree levels, so you may expect those with a more advanced degree to make more while those with less advanced degrees will typically make less.

To put that into context, according to BLS data from the first quarter of 2020, the typical high school graduate makes between $30,000 and $57,900 a year (25th through 75th percentile). The average person with a bachelor’s degree (any field) makes between $45,600 and $99,000. Advanced degree holders make the most with salaries between $55,600 and $125,400.

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Some careers associated with psychiatric/mental health services technician require an advanced degree while some may not even require a bachelor’s. Whatever the case may be, pursuing more education usually means that more career options will be available to you.

How much schooling do you really need to compete in today’s job market? People currently working in careers related to psychiatric/mental health services technician have obtained the following education levels.

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Education Level Percentage of Workers
High School Diploma - or the equivalent (for example, GED) 57.0%
Post-Secondary Certificate - awarded for training completed after high school (for example, in agriculture or natural resources, computer services, personal or culinary services, engineering technologies, healthcare, construction trades, mechanic and repair technologies, or precision production) 1.7%
Some College Courses 10.0%
Associate’s Degree (or other 2-year degree) 2.9%
Bachelor’s Degree 8.7%
Post-Baccalaureate Certificate - awarded for completion of an organized program of study; designed for people who have completed a Baccalaureate degree but do not meet the requirements of academic degrees carrying the title of Master. 3.6%
Master’s Degree 16.0%

Online Mental Health Services Technician Programs

In 2018-2019, 98 schools offered a psychiatric/mental health services technician program of some type. The following table lists the number of programs by degree level, along with how many schools offered online courses in the field.

Degree Level Colleges Offering Programs Colleges Offering Online Classes
Certificate (Less Than 1 Year) 39 4
Certificate (1-2 years) 29 3
Certificate (2-4 Years) 1 0
Associate’s Degree 67 6
Bachelor’s Degree 0 0
Post-Baccalaureate 39 4
Master’s Degree 1 0
Post-Master’s 2 0
Doctor’s Degree (Research) 0 0
Doctor’s Degree (Professional Practice) 1 0
Doctor’s Degree (Other) 0 0

Is a Degree in Mental Health Services Technician Worth It?

The median salary for a psychiatric/mental health services technician grad is $31,090 per year. This is based on the weighted average of the most common careers associated with the major.

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You may also be interested in one of the following majors related to psychiatric/mental health services technician.

Major Number of Grads
Substance Abuse/Addiction Counseling 5,184
Community Health Services/Liaison/Counseling 2,401
Other Mental and Social Health Services and Allied Professions 2,081
Clinical/Medical Social Work 382
Mental Health Counseling/Counselor 241
Marriage and Family Therapy/Counseling 45
Clinical Pastoral Counseling/Patient Counseling 5
Genetic Counseling/Counselor 0

References

*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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