CompGeo Salary Survey Benchmark Job Summary and Competencies

Psychiatric Technicians

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CompGeo Occupation Group: Health Care
Job Family: Psychology
Benchmark Title: Psychiatric Technicians
Summary Job Description Tasks
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. Monitor patients' physical and emotional well-being and report unusual behavior or physical ailments to medical staff.
Provide nursing, psychiatric and personal care to mentally ill, emotionally disturbed or mentally retarded patients.
Observe and influence patients' behavior, communicating and interacting with them and teaching, counseling and befriending them.
Take and record measures of patients' physical condition, using devices such as thermometers and blood pressure gauges.
Encourage patients to develop work skills and to participate in social, recreational, and other therapeutic activities that enhance interpersonal skills and develop social relationships.
Collaborate with or assist doctors, psychologists, or rehabilitation therapists in working with mentally ill, emotionally disturbed, or developmentally disabled patients to treat, rehabilitate, and return patients to the community.
Develop and teach strategies to promote client wellness and independence.
Restrain violent, potentially violent, or suicidal patients by verbal or physical means as required.
Aid patients in performing tasks such as bathing and keeping beds, clothing and living areas clean.
Administer oral medications and hypodermic injections, following physician's prescriptions and hospital procedures.
Issue medications from dispensary and maintain records in accordance with specified procedures.
Interview new patients to complete admission forms, to assess their mental health status and to obtain their mental health and treatment history.
Lead prescribed individual or group therapy sessions as part of specific therapeutic procedures.
Contact patients' relatives to arrange family conferences.
CompGeo Occupation Group: Health Care
Job Family: Psychology
Benchmark Title: Psychiatric Technicians
Important Knowledge Competencies Competency Description
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.
Sociology and Anthropology Knowledge of group behavior and dynamics, societal trends and influences, human migrations, ethnicity, cultures and their history and origins.
Education and Training Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
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.
Medicine and Dentistry Knowledge of the information and techniques needed to diagnose and treat human injuries, diseases, and deformities. This includes symptoms, treatment alternatives, drug properties and interactions, and preventive health-care measures.
Administration and Management Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.
Mathematics Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
Computers and Electronics Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
Clerical Knowledge of administrative and clerical procedures and systems such as word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office procedures and terminology.
Philosophy and Theology Knowledge of different philosophical systems and religions. This includes their basic principles, values, ethics, ways of thinking, customs, practices, and their impact on human culture.
CompGeo Occupation Group: Health Care
Job Family: Psychology
Benchmark Title: Psychiatric Technicians
Important Skill Competencies Competency Description
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.
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.
Reading Comprehension Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
Critical Thinking Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
Coordination Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
Service Orientation Actively looking for ways to help people.
Judgment and Decision Making Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
Active Learning Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
Writing Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
Persuasion Persuading others to change their minds or behavior.
Negotiation Bringing others together and trying to reconcile differences.
Time Management Managing one's own time and the time of others.
Learning Strategies Selecting and using training/instructional methods and procedures appropriate for the situation when learning or teaching new things.
Instructing Teaching others how to do something.
Complex Problem Solving Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
Management of Personnel Resources Motivating, developing, and directing people as they work, identifying the best people for the job.
Systems Analysis Determining how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect outcomes.
CompGeo Occupation Group: Health Care
Job Family: Psychology
Benchmark Title: Psychiatric Technicians
Important Ability Competencies Competency Description
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).
Information Ordering The ability to arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).
Near Vision The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
Speech Recognition The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.
Written Comprehension The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
Written Expression The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.
Deductive Reasoning The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
Speech Clarity The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
Selective Attention The ability to concentrate on a task over a period of time without being distracted.
Category Flexibility The ability to generate or use different sets of rules for combining or grouping things in different ways.
Originality The ability to come up with unusual or clever ideas about a given topic or situation, or to develop creative ways to solve a problem.
Static Strength The ability to exert maximum muscle force to lift, push, pull, or carry objects.
Fluency of Ideas The ability to come up with a number of ideas about a topic (the number of ideas is important, not their quality, correctness, or creativity).
Perceptual Speed The ability to quickly and accurately compare similarities and differences among sets of letters, numbers, objects, pictures, or patterns. The things to be compared may be presented at the same time or one after the other. This ability also includes comparing a presented object with a remembered object.
Time Sharing The ability to shift back and forth between two or more activities or sources of information (such as speech, sounds, touch, or other sources).
Finger Dexterity The ability to make precisely coordinated movements of the fingers of one or both hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble very small objects.
Flexibility of Closure The ability to identify or detect a known pattern (a figure, object, word, or sound) that is hidden in other distracting material.
Far Vision The ability to see details at a distance.
CompGeo Occupation Group: Health Care
Job Family: Psychology
Benchmark Title: Psychiatric Technicians
Tools/Technology Example Product Category
ADL Data Systems OptimumClinicals Electronic Health Record Medical software
Cerner ProFile Medical software
Eclipsys Sunrise Clinical Manager Medical software
Epic EpicCare Inpatient Clinical System Medical software
GE Healthcare Centricity EMR Medical software
ICANotes Medical software
InfoLogix HealthTrax Engine Inventory management software
MEDITECH Behavioral Health Clinicals Medical software
Microsoft Office software Office suite software
Netsmart Technologies Avatar Clinical Workstation CWS Medical software
Bag valve mask BVM resuscitators Resuscitation masks or accessories
Blood drawing syringes Blood collection syringes
Blood pressure cuffs Blood pressure cuff kits
Cold therapy equipment Therapeutic heating or cooling pads or compresses or packs
Crutches Crutches or crutch accessories
Desktop computers Desktop computers
Electronic patient thermometers Electronic medical thermometers
Emergency carts Emergency or resuscitation carts
Enema equipment Enema kits or accessories
Evacuated blood collection tubes Vacuum blood collection tubes or containers
Glucometers Glucose monitors or meters
Gurneys Gurneys or scissor lifts
Hazardous material spill kits Spill kits
Heat therapy equipment Therapeutic heating or cooling pads or compresses or packs
Hospital beds Patient care beds or accessories for general use
Hypodermic syringes Medical syringes with needles
Intermittent positive pressure breathing IPPB devices Intermittent positive pressure breathing IPPB machines
Lancets Lancets
Mechanical stethoscopes Mechanical stethoscopes or accessories
Nasogastric tubes Nasogastric tubes
Nebulizers Nebulizers or accessories
Notebook computers Notebook computers
Oximeters Pulse oximeter units
Oxygen administration equipment Oxygen therapy delivery system products accessories or its supplies
Oxygen carts Oxygen therapy delivery system products accessories or its supplies
Patient restraints Patient stabilization or fall prevention devices or accessories
Personal computers Personal computers
Safety gloves Protective gloves
Suction machines Medical suction or vacuum appliances
Surgical masks Medical staff isolation or surgical masks
Tablet computers Tablet computers
Traction equipment Orthopedic traction hardware or weights
Tuberculin TB skin test equipment Tuberculin syringes
Urinary catheters Urinary catheterization kits or accessories
Wheelchairs Wheelchairs
CompGeo Occupation Group: Health Care
Job Family: Psychology
Benchmark Title: Psychiatric Technicians
Prerequisite Qualification Category Education and Experience Level
On-Site or In-Plant Training Up to and including 1 month
On-the-Job Training Anything beyond short demonstration, up to and including 1 month
On-the-Job Training Over 1 month, up to and including 3 months
Required Level of Education Bachelor's Degree
Required Level of Education High School Diploma (or GED or High School Equivalence Certificate)
CompGeo Occupation Group: Health Care
Job Family: Psychology
Benchmark Title: Psychiatric Technicians
Alternate Job Title(s)
Behavioral Health Technician
Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA)
Child and Family Therapist
Direct Care Worker (DCW)
Health Care Technician
Human Service Technician
Human Services Support Specialist (HSSS)
Licensed Psychiatric Technician (LPT)
Medical Technician
Mental Health Assistant (MHA)
Mental Health Associate
Mental Health Counselor
Mental Health Nurse (RN)
Mental Health Technician (MHT)
Mental Health Worker
Milieu Therapist
Patient Care Specialist
Psychiatric Assistant
Psychiatric Attendant
Psychiatric Technician (PT)
Rehabilitation Technician
Service Assistant
Support Team Member (STM)
Treatment Technician
CompGeo Occupation Group: Health Care
Job Family: Psychology
Benchmark Title: Psychiatric Technicians
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