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Industry: Healthcare
Area: Clinical Lab

A phlebotomist is someone who is trained to collect blood sample in a clinical environment. They usually work under the supervision of the Medical Laboratory Scientist. After the phlebotomist collects the blood, they process and analyze the specimen with sophisticated laboratory equipment. Because they collect blood and are at risk of exposure to a variety of diseases, phlebotomists are trained in laboratory safety and must adhere to very strict policies and procedures. To be successful in this profession, an individual must enjoy working with people, work well under pressure, be attentive to detail, and have excellent manual dexterity. Another consideration that must be taken into account is how uneasy most people are around needles and blood. This requires a phlebotomist to calm patients and be an effective communicator and a good listener. Due to recent technological advances, a phlebotomist must also be able to use a computer as well as other high-tech devices. Certified Nurses Assistants and Medical Assistants are often selected to receive on-the-job training to become a phlebotomist.

Work Settings

Phlebotomists typically work in hospitals, commercial laboratories, physician's offices, blood banks, pharmaceutical firms, home health agencies, research institutions, and pubic health clinics.


Phlebotomists complete either on-the-job training or a formal phlebotomy program, which typically last 4 to 8 months. On-the-job training is available when there is an employment need in a particular facility. Certification as a phlebotomist is also available through several national credentialing agencies. Students interested in pharmacy should contact schools for information on admission and course of study. While a degree is not necessary to become a phlebotomist, these institutions offer degree programs in medical laboratory technology. Phlebotomy is included in the curriculum.

Job Outlook

Employment opportunities for phlebotomists are expected to be good as the demand for skilled laboratory personnel increases. The market is expected to increase 10%-20% over the next decade.


Average Annual $29,000

Work Schedule

Regular hours.

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