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Psychiatric Assistants

Health Science

Service Branches

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Work Environment

Psychiatric assistants work in hospitals and clinics on land or aboard ships. In combat situations they may work in mobile field hospitals.

  • Military Status


  • Median Military Salary This is the median, or the midpoint, of the salary range for this career.


    Military Salary Range Salary varies based on years of service, degree level, special pays, family status and location.

    $26,312 - $263,729


Medical assistants specializing in the field of psychiatry assist psychiatrists or other healthcare professionals with diagnosing, preventing, and treating mental disorders. Psychiatric assistants may work in outpatient or inpatient settings, and are available to help service members or their families suffering from combat-related disorders. They interview and observe patients and provide them with counseling. Oftentimes these professionals represent the front lines of treatment for service members suffering with psychological conditions.

Military Training

All enlisted service members complete basic military training which includes time spent in a classroom and in the field and covers tactical and survival skills physical training military life and customs and weapons training. Psychiatric assistants in the Military will gain skills through classroom study laboratory demonstrations practical exercises and on-the-job experience. Job-specific training content may include:

  • Patient care techniques
  • Emergency medical treatment
  • Working on a medical team
  • Clinical laboratory procedures
  • Medical management information systems

Helpful Attributes

  • Ability to follow directions precisely
  • Ability to work under stressful or emergency conditions
  • Interest in helping others
  • Social perceptiveness
  • Listening and communication skills

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  • Mental Health and Substance Abuse Social Workers
  • Psychiatric Technicians
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