Phlebotomy jobs–or a career as a phlebotomist–can be very rewarding. The pay is good and there is a great deal of security. With America’s aging population, there is more and more of a need for healthcare facilities, which means more opportunities for phlebotomy jobs.
Where do you find phlebotomy jobs? Hospitals employ many phlebotomists as do blood banks and medical clinics. Physicians offices now often include a phlebotomist. You might also find a phlebotomy job in an emergency, walk-in facility.
How much you would earn in phlebotomy jobs will depend on where you live and the facility where you work. However, the salary range nationally for a phlebotomist is from $23,765 to $38,382 and the median salary in the United States is $29,359.
As you can see, the salary for a phlebotomist is relatively good, especially when you think about the training required. Unlike some medical specialties, you can become a certified phlebotomist in as few as 6 weeks to one semester. However, just as salaries vary from state to state, so does certification. California actually licenses three different kinds of phlebotomists, while Colorado licenses only one.. To become licensed by the Association of Phlebotomy Technicians, you need to complete a minimum 6-month-long phlebotomy training program, while to be certified by the American Society for Clinical Pathology, you must complete 40 classroom hours, 120 hours of clinical experience and one hundred unaided blood collections.
What a phlebotomist does
In case you’re wondering about phlebotomy jobs, a phlebotomist draws and collects blood samples from patients, prepares specimens for laboratory analysis and verifies records. A certified phlebotomist may conduct interviews, draw and test blood samples to screen donors in a blood bank and take vital signs. In general to become a certified phlebotomist, you must have a high school diploma and or a GED, and certification by a nationally recognized body. This includes associations such as the American Society for Clinical Pathology’s Board of Certification, the National Center for Competency Testing and the National Health career Association.