License to Work: A National Study of Burdens from Occupational Licensing

License to Work: A National Study of Burdens from Occupational Licensing

Psychiatric Technician


License required in 4 states
35th most burdensome licensing requirements
89th most heavily regulated occupation

(Last updated April 24, 2012)


Psychiatric technicians care for mentally impaired or emotionally disturbed individuals, following physician instructions and hospital procedures. Workers monitor patients' physical and emotional well-being and report to medical staff. They may participate in rehabilitation and treatment programs, help with personal hygiene and administer oral medications and hypodermic injections.


Only four states -- California, Arkansas, Kansas and Colorado -- require psychiatric technicians to obtain a license. However, the process is relatively difficult -- 35th most burdensome of the 102 occupations studied. Each state requires more than 200 days of education and the successful completion of a licensing exam. In these states, aspiring techs must pay a fee averaging $162 and have a 12th grade education.

(Last updated May 1, 2012)

State Licensing Requirements

Burden RankStateFeesEducation/Experience (Days)ExamsMinimum GradeMinimum Age
1 California $396 357 1 12 18
2 Arkansas $116 210 1 12 0
3 Kansas $70 210 1 12 0
4 Colorado $65 210 1 12 0

(Last updated April 24, 2012)

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