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Behavioral Health Technicians

Tips for Entry

Volunteer or get a part-time or summer job in a mental health clinic or agency to learn more about what's involved in behavioral health technician work.

You can get a sense of the types of employers and job duties by looking at employment postings on the American Association of Psychiatric Technicians' Web site ( as well as sites such as Indeed, SimplyHired, and others.

Conduct an informational interview with a behavioral health technicians to find out how they got started in their career, what the daily job is like, and what advice they can share. Ask you career services office for help with setting up the interview.

Get involved in professional associations for behavioral health technicians by becoming a member and attending meetings and events. Some organizations offer student memberships so be sure to check before joining.

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