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Working As a 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/Hazardous Environment

  • Repetitive

  • $30,000

    Average Salary

What Does A 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 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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Certified Nursing Assistant Team Leader Manager
Service Manager
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Certified Nursing Assistant Team Leader Office Manager
Practice Manager
9 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
Registered Nurse Team Leader Owner
Co-Owner
6 Yearsyrs
Technician Consultant Office Manager
Business Office Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Technician Consultant Assistant Manager
Center Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Technician Consultant General Manager
Chief Executive Officer
8 Yearsyrs
Licensed Practical Nurse Utilization Review Nurse Case Manager
Patient Care Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Service Technician Electrician Supervisor
Unit Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Instructor Administrator Case Manager
Clinical Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Instructor Therapist Clinical Supervisor
Clinical Director
9 Yearsyrs
Emergency Medical Technician Staff Nurse Clinical Research Coordinator
Senior Clinical Research Coordinator
8 Yearsyrs
Emergency Medical Technician Instructor Research Associate
Laboratory Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Staff Nurse Consultant Nurse Nursing Director
Clinical Services Director
11 Yearsyrs
Laboratory Technician Research Associate Laboratory Manager
Laboratory Director
9 Yearsyrs
Nurse Clinical Coordinator Clinical Manager
Clinical Operations Manager
10 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Medical Assistant 3.0 years
Phlebotomist 3.0 years
Top Careers Before Phlebotomist
Cashier 9.5%
Internship 3.9%
Server 2.4%
Top Careers After Phlebotomist
Cashier 5.2%
Technician 2.0%
Server 1.8%

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Average Yearly Salary
$30,000
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$26,000
Min 10%
$30,000
Median 50%
$30,000
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$30,000
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$30,000
Median 50%
$30,000
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$30,000
Median 50%
$30,000
Median 50%
$34,000
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Best Paying Company
Bio-Reference Laboratories
Highest Paying City
East Providence, RI
Highest Paying State
Rhode Island
Avg Experience Level
3.1 years
How much does a Phlebotomist make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Phlebotomist in the United States is $30,194 per year or $15 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $26,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $34,000.

Top Skills for A 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, processed, transported, labeled, and prepared laboratory specimens for testing within Pathology Department as ordered.
  • Cultivated essential medical and professional skills while drawing blood and providing basic laboratory tests in outpatient, emergency and inpatient settings.
  • Performed phlebotomy procedures (capillary, venous, and arterial) accurately and within established turn-around times.
  • Follow infection-control and safety procedures while preparing blood-collecting equipment, drawing blood and safely storing samples until transported back to laboratory.
  • Collected urine samples for drug screening and administered alcohol breathalyzer tests.

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Top 10 Best States for Phlebotomists

  1. Rhode Island
  2. Maine
  3. Massachusetts
  4. Arizona
  5. New Hampshire
  6. Louisiana
  7. Vermont
  8. Pennsylvania
  9. Utah
  10. Nevada
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Phlebotomist Demographics

Gender

Female

73.5%

Male

15.0%

Unknown

11.5%
Ethnicity

White

61.2%

Hispanic or Latino

16.4%

Black or African American

11.8%

Asian

7.3%

Unknown

3.3%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

75.1%

French

5.1%

Russian

2.5%

Hindi

2.3%

Portuguese

2.3%

Arabic

1.6%

German

1.2%

Tagalog

1.2%

Vietnamese

1.0%

Italian

0.9%

Urdu

0.9%

Carrier

0.8%

Swedish

0.7%

Chinese

0.7%

Gujarati

0.7%

Ukrainian

0.7%

Japanese

0.7%

Cantonese

0.6%

Polish

0.6%

Hmong

0.5%
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Phlebotomist Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

17.1%

Everest Institute

9.7%

Remington College

9.5%

Kaplan University

8.3%

The Academy

6.5%

Ashford University

4.7%

Concorde Career College

4.7%

Ross Medical Education Center

4.5%

Houston Community College

3.8%

Keiser University

3.5%

Ultimate Medical Academy - Clearwater

3.3%

Star Technical Institute

3.0%

Ivy Tech Community College of Indiana

2.9%

Bryant and Stratton College

2.9%

Spencerian College - Louisville

2.7%

Brown University

2.7%

Medical Institute

2.6%

MedTech College

2.5%

Baker College

2.5%

A-Technical College

2.5%
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Majors

Medical Assisting Services

30.8%

Nursing

19.2%

Health Care Administration

6.5%

Business

6.2%

Medical Technician

5.4%

Nursing Assistants

4.1%

Clinical/Medical Laboratory Science

4.1%

General Studies

3.4%

Biology

3.3%

Psychology

2.4%

Criminal Justice

2.2%

Education

1.8%

Health Sciences And Services

1.7%

Health/Medical Preparatory Programs

1.6%

Liberal Arts

1.5%

Clinical Psychology

1.5%

Pharmacy

1.2%

Management

1.0%

Mental Health Counseling

1.0%

Accounting

1.0%
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Degrees

Other

41.3%

Associate

18.3%

Bachelors

15.1%

Certificate

12.0%

Diploma

7.4%

Masters

3.6%

License

1.6%

Doctorate

0.5%
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What Is It Like To Work As A Phlebotomist

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National Certified Phlebotomist

June 18, 2019 on Zippia

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Phlebotomist.. Show More

What do you like the most about working as Phlebotomist?

Patient care and following regulations of lab draws for the best result outcome for the patients... Show More

What do you NOT like?

I haven't experience not liking being the the laboratory setting, everyday is a new learning experience for me... Show More

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Truth

May 26, 2019 on Zippia

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What do you like the most about working as Phlebotomist?

Making great impact in many people lives. Open my eye to improve myself .I think if want be nuse or active in medical field you should start here... Show More

What do you NOT like?

Being over work / it hard to help each pt if you have so many to do. They paid should be more ... Show More

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