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There generally very few opportunities for specialization. Mental health technicians typically choose locations that best suit their interests. They may work in hospitals, clinics, halfway houses, chemical dependency units or special-needs schools.
There are a few ways you can increase your salary as a mental technician. One is simply through tenure and obtaining more experience. Another option is to obtain a certification from the American Association of Psychiatric Technicians. It offers four levels of certification for mental health technicians and the certifications demonstrate a high level of competency within the mental health field. The other option is to pursue further education and coursework that qualifies you for other, more advanced opportunities.