Psychiatric aides assist mentally impaired or emotionally disturbed patients and work under the direction of nursing and medical staff.
Only one state, Missouri, requires a license to work as a psychiatric aide. Missouri requires two years (730 days) of experience in mental health, a high school diploma and a minimum age of 18 years. These requirements rank as the 14th most burdensome of the 102 occupations studied here. However, because only one state licenses psychiatric aides, the occupation ranks as the 97th most widely and onerously licensed.