Psychiatric aides are trained healthcare workers that help care for patients that are mentally impaired or suffer from a variety of mental conditions. Psychiatric aides typically need at least a high school diploma or GED. Many employers prefer applicants with some formal training and related work experience. Some states require psychiatric aides to complete formal training programs and become certified. Employment of psychiatric aides is expected to grow more slowly than average for all professions, increasing 6% from 2008 to 2018. The increased growth of psychiatric residential facilities will create some job growth.