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License to Work: A National Study of Burdens from Occupational Licensing
License required in 2 states
45th most burdensome licensing requirements
94th most heavily regulated occupation
(Last updated April 24, 2012)
Psychiatric aides assist mentally impaired or emotionally disturbed patients, working under direction of nursing and medical staff.
While only two states, California and Missouri, require psychiatric aides to obtain a license, the process is relatively onerous -- 45th out of 102 occupations studied. Each state mandates aides acquire more than 200 days of education and training. In California, aspiring psychiatric aides must pass an exam. In Missouri, they must have at least a 12th grade education.