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Working As A Laboratory Phlebotomist

  • Assisting and Caring for Others
  • Getting Information
  • Interacting With Computers
  • Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Deal with People

  • Unpleasant/Angry People

  • Unpleasant/Hazardous Environment

  • Repetitive

  • Stressful

  • $41,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Laboratory Phlebotomist Do

Phlebotomists draw blood for tests, transfusions, research, or blood donations. Some of them explain their work to patients and provide assistance if patients have adverse reactions after their blood is drawn.

Duties

Phlebotomists typically do the following:

  • Draw blood from patients and blood donors
  • Talk with patients and donors to help them feel less nervous about having their blood drawn
  • Verify a patient’s or donor’s identity to ensure proper labeling of the blood
  • Label the drawn blood for testing or processing
  • Enter patient information into a database
  • Assemble and maintain medical instruments such as needles, test tubes, and blood vials

Phlebotomists primarily draw blood, which is then used for different kinds of medical laboratory testing. In medical and diagnostic laboratories, patient interaction is often only with the phlebotomist. Because all blood samples look the same, phlebotomists must identify and label the sample they have drawn and enter it into a database. Some phlebotomists draw blood for other purposes, such as at blood drives where people donate blood. In order to avoid causing infection or other complications, phlebotomists must keep their work area and instruments clean and sanitary.

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How To Become A Laboratory Phlebotomist

Phlebotomists typically enter the occupation with a postsecondary nondegree award from a phlebotomy program. Almost all employers look for phlebotomists who have earned professional certification.

Education and Training

Phlebotomists typically enter the occupation with a postsecondary nondegree award from a phlebotomy program. Programs are available from community colleges, vocational schools, or technical schools. These programs usually take less than 1 year to complete and lead to a certificate or diploma. Programs have classroom sessions and laboratory work and include instruction in anatomy, physiology, and medical terminology. Phlebotomists also learn specific procedures on how to identify, label, and track blood samples.

Many phlebotomists enter the occupation with a high school diploma and are trained to be a phlebotomist on the job.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

Almost all employers prefer to hire phlebotomists who have earned professional certification.

Several organizations offer certifications for phlebotomists. The National Center for Competency Testing (NCCT), National Healthcareer Association (NHA), the American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP), and the American Medical Technologists (AMT) offer Phlebotomy Technician certifications.

Candidates for certification typically need some classroom education, as well as some clinical experience. Certification testing usually includes a written exam and may include practical components, such as drawing blood. Requirements vary by certifying organization. California, Louisiana, Nevada, and Washington require their phlebotomists to be certified.

Important Qualities

Compassion. Some patients or clients are afraid of having their blood drawn, so phlebotomists should be caring in performing their duties.

Detail oriented. Phlebotomists must draw the correct vials of blood for the tests ordered, track vials of blood, and enter data into a database. Attention to detail is necessary; otherwise, the specimens may be misplaced or lost, or a patient may be injured.

Dexterity. Phlebotomists work with their hands, and they must be able to use their equipment efficiently and properly.

Hand–eye coordination. Phlebotomists draw blood from many patients, and they must perform their duties successfully on the first attempt, or their patients will experience discomfort.

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Laboratory Phlebotomist Career Paths

Laboratory Phlebotomist
Certified Nursing Assistant Registered Nurse Registered Nurse Supervisor
Nursing Director
9 Yearsyrs
Certified Nursing Assistant Team Leader Assistant Manager
Operations Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Certified Nursing Assistant Team Leader Manager
Account Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Licensed Practical Nurse Registered Nurse Registered Nurse Supervisor
Nurse Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Licensed Practical Nurse Staff Nurse Registered Nurse Supervisor
Assistant Director Of Nursing
7 Yearsyrs
Licensed Practical Nurse Staff Nurse Team Leader
Service Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Home Health Aid Substitute Teacher Consultant
Partner
6 Yearsyrs
Home Health Aid Technician Production Supervisor
Quality Assurance Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Home Health Aid Registered Nurse MDS Coordinator
Unit Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Mobile Phlebotomist Laboratory Technician Research Associate
Laboratory Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Mobile Phlebotomist Laboratory Technician Shift Supervisor
Site Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Mobile Phlebotomist Technician Administrator
Practice Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Laboratory Technician Research Associate Project Manager
Chief Executive Officer
8 Yearsyrs
Emergency Medical Technician Staff Nurse Clinical Coordinator
Clinical Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Emergency Medical Technician Operation Supervisor Manager
Co-Owner
6 Yearsyrs
Emergency Medical Technician Operation Supervisor Assistant Manager
Center Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Technician Consultant Case Manager
Patient Care Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Specialist Research Associate Laboratory Manager
Laboratory Director
9 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Laboratory Clerk 3.2 years
Phlebotomist 3.1 years
Laboratory Aide 1.9 years
Top Careers Before Laboratory Phlebotomist
Phlebotomist 30.0%
Cashier 5.0%
Internship 3.7%
Supervisor 1.6%
Technician 1.6%
Top Careers After Laboratory Phlebotomist
Phlebotomist 28.3%
Instructor 1.8%
Cashier 1.8%
Specialist 1.7%

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Top Skills for A Laboratory Phlebotomist

  1. Laboratory Specimens
  2. Drawing Blood
  3. Phlebotomy
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Prepared all types of laboratory specimens for submission to laboratory or testing in-house.
  • Decipher the best method for drawing blood depending on the specific patients.
  • Performed phlebotomy duties as requested to ensure all specimens are collected pursuant to collection protocol.
  • Performed venipunctures, skin punctures and Arterial gases to obtain a blood sample for laboratory testing.
  • Developed and maintained high quality system of prioritization to ensure optimal patient care.

Laboratory Phlebotomist Demographics

Gender

Female

68.2%

Male

17.8%

Unknown

14.0%
Ethnicity

White

62.0%

Hispanic or Latino

16.3%

Black or African American

11.5%

Asian

6.6%

Unknown

3.6%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

74.1%

Portuguese

3.7%

Chinese

3.7%

French

3.7%

Urdu

3.7%

Hindi

3.7%

Tagalog

3.7%

Russian

3.7%
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Laboratory Phlebotomist Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

13.6%

The Academy

9.7%

Remington College

8.7%

Ashford University

7.8%

Kaplan University

6.8%

National College

4.9%

T.A. Lawson State Community College

3.9%

Everest Institute

3.9%

Florida Career College - Miami

3.9%

University of Texas at El Paso

3.9%

Ocean County College

3.9%

Grand Canyon University

3.9%

Keiser University

3.9%

Clark State Community College

3.9%

Great Lakes Institute of Technology

2.9%

Tyler Junior College

2.9%

Lamar State College - Orange

2.9%

Central Piedmont Community College

2.9%

University of Cincinnati

2.9%

Bowling Green State University

2.9%
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Majors

Medical Assisting Services

23.9%

Nursing

18.1%

Business

7.9%

Health Care Administration

7.7%

Clinical/Medical Laboratory Science

6.2%

Medical Technician

6.0%

Nursing Assistants

3.9%

Biology

3.3%

Education

3.0%

General Studies

2.6%

Criminal Justice

2.6%

Liberal Arts

2.3%

Communication

2.1%

Nuclear And Industrial Radiologic Technologies

1.6%

Health/Medical Preparatory Programs

1.6%

Computer Science

1.6%

Psychology

1.4%

Health Sciences And Services

1.4%

Human Services

1.4%

Pharmacy

1.2%
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Degrees

Other

38.9%

Associate

19.2%

Bachelors

17.4%

Certificate

12.8%

Diploma

5.9%

Masters

3.8%

Doctorate

1.0%

License

0.9%
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