Employment of psychiatric technicians is expected to increase 15 percent from 2010 to 2020, about as fast as the average for all occupations. Employment of psychiatric aides is expected to increase 15 percent from 2010 to 2020, about as fast as the average for all occupations.
As the nation’s population ages and people live longer, there is likely to be an increase in the number of people with cognitive mental diseases, such as Alzheimer’s disease. Demand for psychiatric technicians and aides in residential facilities are expected to rise as a result.
More psychiatric technicians and aides will also be needed in residential treatment facilities for people with developmental disabilities, mental illness, and substance abuse problems. There is a long-term trend toward treating psychiatric patients outside of hospitals, because it is more cost-effective and allows patients greater independence. Also, an increasing number of mentally disabled adults who were cared for by their parents will need help as their parents become too old to provide that care.
In addition, an aging prison population has increased the need for psychiatric technicians and aides working in correctional facilities.
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2012-13 Edition