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How to become a Mental Health Technician

To work as a mental health technician, you typically must obtain an associate's degree in psychology, social work or another similar field. These programs include coursework in psychology, psychiatric nursing and group dynamics. Many employers provide classroom instruction and on-the-job training to help mental health technicians develop the relevant skills. This is an entry-level role and the type of job you select can help guide you to further studies or specialized education. Mental health technicians need excellent relationship skills and problem-solving abilities. They must bring patience, strong listening skills and compassion to their roles.

How to become: Therapist · Social Worker · Counselor · Licensed Clinical Social Worker · Clinician
These qualifications are required: LPCC · CMHC · LMSW
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What skills help Mental Health Technicians find jobs?

  • Addiction counseling
  • Behavioral health
  • Bilingual
  • Care plans
  • Case management
  • Childcare
  • Communication skills
  • Computer literacy
  • Computer skills
  • Customer service
  • Discharge planning
  • Documentation review
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Career progression for Mental Health Technician

Education levels for Mental Health Technicians

Based on the requirements of Mental Health Technician job openings on Indeed in the United States within the last three years.
required level of educationpercent of job openings
Bachelor's degree36.6%
High school diploma or GED24.9%
Master's degree23.9%
Associate's degree13.2%
Doctoral degree1.4%
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Expected salary by experience

Based on resume data from Indeed users who reported working as a Mental Health Technician in the United States within the last three years.
Years of experienceAnnual salary in USD
0 - 4$29,400
4 - 8$32,600
8 - 12$35,200
12 - 16$36,300
16 - 20$36,100
20 - 24$35,500
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Common qualifications for Mental Health Technicians

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