Phlebotomist Job Description

WHAT DO PHLEBOTOMISTS DO?

If you think of money when you think of blood than 1) weird, and 2) this might be the job for you. Phlebotomists take blood and collect samples for medical laboratories. Phlebotomists use specialized medical equipment to study the samples they collect and look at the cell count, blood type compatibility, and log the information they take into medical records. Phlebotomists work on referral from physicians, and will report findings back to them.

HOW MUCH DO PHLEBOTOMISTS MAKE?

According to the American Society for Clinical Pathology, phlebotomists made a median hourly wage between $13.00 and $20.16. This depends on whether the phlebotomist is working in a hospital, private clinic, doctor's office or lab.

WHAT ARE THE EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS?

To become a phlebotomist, you will need to get a bachelor's degree in life sciences of medical technology. The program usually consists of some hospital-based courses.

Some states require licensure and certification.

JOB SKILLS AND REQUIREMENTS

  • Compassion: Empathy is needed when working with patients in pain or trauma.
  • Attention to Detail: Doctors may give precise orders for work, or the blood must be labeled in a certain way.
  • Dexterity: Phlebotomists will be working with needles, drawing blood and working with their hands. A steady hand is needed.
  • Stamina: Phlebotomists are often on their feet for long hours.
  • Technical Skills: Phlebotomists use complex machinery to test blood.

THE FUTURE OF PHLEBOTOMISTS

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, phlebotomist and all medical lab work will grow about as fast as average between 2010 and 2020.