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Psychiatric Aides - 31-1133.00

O*NET-SOC Description

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.

Sample of Reported Job Titles

  • Developmental Aide
  • Mental Health Aide (MHA)
  • Mental Health Worker (MHW)
  • Psychiatric Aide
  • Psychiatric Assistant
  • Psychiatric Nursing Aide
  • Qualified Medication Aide (QMA)
  • Resident Care Technician (Resident Care Tech)
  • Residential Care Tech (Residential Care Technician)
  • Therapeutic Program Worker (TPW)

SOC Occupation Groups

Related Occupations


  • Accompany patients to and from wards for medical or dental treatments, shopping trips, or religious or recreational events.
  • Aid patients in becoming accustomed to hospital routines.
  • Clean and disinfect rooms and furnishings to maintain a safe and orderly environment.
  • Complete administrative tasks, such as entering orders into computer, answering telephone calls, or maintaining medical or facility information.
  • Complete physical checks and monitor patients to detect unusual or harmful behavior and report observations to professional staff.
  • Interview patients upon admission and record information.
  • Listen and provide emotional support and encouragement to psychiatric patients.
  • Maintain patients' restrictions to assigned areas.
  • Organize, supervise, or encourage patient participation in social, educational, or recreational activities.
  • Participate in recreational activities with patients, including card games, sports, or television viewing.
  • Perform nursing duties, such as administering medications, measuring vital signs, collecting specimens, or drawing blood samples.
  • Provide patients with assistance in bathing, dressing, or grooming, demonstrating these skills as necessary.
  • Provide patients with cognitive, intellectual, or developmental disabilities with routine physical, emotional, psychological, or rehabilitation care under the direction of nursing or medical staff.
  • Record and maintain patient information, such as vital signs, eating habits, behavior, progress notes, treatments, or discharge plans.
  • Restrain or aid patients as necessary to prevent injury.
  • Serve meals or feed patients needing assistance or persuasion.
  • Work as part of a team that may include psychiatrists, psychologists, psychiatric nurses, or social workers.

Detailed Work Activities

  • Accompany patients or clients on outings to provide assistance.
  • Assess physical conditions of patients to aid in diagnosis or treatment.
  • Assist patients with daily activities.
  • Care for patients with mental illnesses.
  • Clean patient rooms or patient treatment rooms.
  • Collect biological specimens from patients.
  • Confer with other professionals to plan patient care.
  • Encourage patients during therapeutic activities.
  • Engage patients in exercises or activities.
  • Feed patients.
  • Give medications or immunizations.
  • Hold patients to ensure proper positioning or safety.
  • Interview patients to gather medical information.
  • Maintain medical records.
  • Monitor patients to detect health problems.
  • Perform clerical work in medical settings.
  • Record vital statistics or other health information.

Military Crosswalk Titles

  • Behavioral Health Specialist (Army - Enlisted)
  • Behavioral Health Technician (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Mental Health Service (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Mental Health Service Apprentice (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Mental Health Service Craftsman (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Mental Health Service Helper (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Mental Health Service Journeyman (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Mental Health Service Manager (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Mental Health Service Superintendent (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Nurse Corps Officer (Army - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Personnel Psychology Specialist (Army - Enlisted)
  • Psychiatric/Behavioral Health Nurse Practitioner (Army - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Psychiatrist (Army - Commissioned Officer only)

Apprenticeship Crosswalk Titles

No information available.

DOT Crosswalk Titles

  • Mental-Retardation Aide
  • Psychiatric Aide