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Working As A Phlebotomy Technician

  • 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

  • $35,700

    Average Salary

What Does A Phlebotomy Technician 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 Phlebotomy Technician

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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Phlebotomy Technician Career Paths

Phlebotomy Technician
Service Technician Service Manager General Manager
Account Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Emergency Medical Technician Security Officer Account Manager
Area Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Medical Laboratory Technician Medical Technologist Office Manager
Business Office Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Licensed Practical Nurse Staff Nurse Case Manager
Career Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Specialist Senior Specialist Senior Loan Processor
Client Relations Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Phlebotomist Registered Nurse Staff Nurse
Clinical Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Registered Nurse Staff Nurse Case Manager
Director Of Case Management
11 Yearsyrs
Phlebotomist Technician Registered Nurse Director
Director Of Human Resources
10 Yearsyrs
Medical Technologist Home Health Aid Property Manager
Facilities Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Registered Nurse Case Manager Human Resources Coordinator
Human Resources Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Medical Technologist Laboratory Manager
Laboratory Director
10 Yearsyrs
Laboratory Technician Medical Technologist
Laboratory Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Phlebotomist Licensed Practical Nurse Staff Nurse
Nursing Director
9 Yearsyrs
Licensed Practical Nurse Case Manager Program Manager
Operations Director
9 Yearsyrs
Laboratory Assistant Technician Service Manager
Operations Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Phlebotomist Technician Licensed Practical Nurse Clinical Manager
Practice Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Laboratory Assistant Research Associate Project Manager
Program Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Emergency Medical Technician Instructor General Manager
Regional Director
9 Yearsyrs
Laboratory Technician Technician Service Manager
Service Director
9 Yearsyrs
Service Technician Maintenance Supervisor Operations Manager
Site Manager
7 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Medical Assistant 2.9 years
Phlebotomist 2.8 years
Technician 2.6 years
Top Employers Before
Phlebotomist 15.6%
Cashier 7.4%
Internship 3.5%
Technician 2.5%
Top Employers After
Phlebotomist 22.9%
Cashier 4.5%
Technician 2.3%
Assistant 1.5%

Phlebotomy Technician Demographics

Gender

Female

82.4%

Male

15.4%

Unknown

2.2%
Ethnicity

White

75.1%

Hispanic or Latino

16.3%

Asian

6.5%

Unknown

1.6%

Black or African American

0.6%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

71.6%

Tagalog

4.9%

Hindi

3.9%

French

2.9%

Arabic

2.9%

Portuguese

2.0%

Gujarati

2.0%

Somali

1.0%

Chinese

1.0%

Chickasaw

1.0%

Amharic

1.0%

Dari

1.0%

Cantonese

1.0%

Mandarin

1.0%

Urdu

1.0%

Korean

1.0%

Russian

1.0%
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Phlebotomy Technician Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

17.0%

Unitech Training Academy - Lafayette

6.8%

Remington College

6.8%

El Paso Community College

5.1%

Kaplan University

5.1%

Capella University

5.1%

Lansing Community College

4.0%

American InterContinental University

4.0%

Delaware Technical and Community College

4.0%

Southwestern College

4.0%

Calhoun Community College

4.0%

Anne Arundel Community College

4.0%

Moraine Valley Community College

4.0%

Columbus Technical College

4.0%

Keiser University

4.0%

Northern Virginia Community College

4.0%

Valley Grande Institute for Academic Studies

4.0%

Mesa Community College - Boswell

3.4%

Star Technical Institute

3.4%

Arizona State University

3.4%
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Majors

Medical Assisting Services

26.2%

Nursing

15.4%

Nursing Assistants

7.9%

Health Care Administration

7.3%

Business

6.9%

Medical Technician

5.6%

Clinical/Medical Laboratory Science

4.7%

General Studies

3.6%

Biology

3.2%

Psychology

2.4%

Criminal Justice

2.3%

Health Sciences And Services

2.1%

Liberal Arts

1.9%

Clinical Psychology

1.8%

Health/Medical Preparatory Programs

1.7%

Education

1.7%

Pharmacy

1.7%

Management

1.5%

Cosmetology

1.1%

Physiology And Anatomy

1.1%
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Degrees

Other

46.6%

Associate

15.5%

Bachelors

13.0%

Certificate

12.9%

Diploma

5.6%

Masters

3.8%

License

2.3%

Doctorate

0.4%
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Top Skills for A Phlebotomy Technician

LaboratorySpecimensBloodSpecimensUrineSpecimensPatientBloodSamplesDrawingBloodCustomerServiceBloodCollectionDevicesDataEntryEKGPositivePatientIdentificationVitalSignsPatientCareSpecimenCollectionPatientInformationCapillaryPunctureSafetyProceduresEmergencyPatientSpecimensInfectionControlBloodPressure

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Top Phlebotomy Technician Skills

  1. Laboratory Specimens
  2. Blood Specimens
  3. Urine Specimens
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Receive, process and distributed laboratory specimens.
  • Build trust and minimize patient discomfort during phlebotomy procedures while efficiently collecting blood specimens.
  • Collect blood and urine specimens for the use of testing and point of care testing.
  • Collect patient blood samples in a safe, sanitary manner for diagnostic testing.
  • Decipher the best method for drawing blood depending on the specific patient.

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