If you are interested in the clinical laboratory science field and are people-oriented, a phlebotomist position may be perfect for you.
The phlebotomist is an integral member of the medical laboratory team whose primary function is the collection of blood samples from patients. In addition, the phlebotomist facilitates the collection and transportation of other laboratory specimens (e.g., urine).
Very often the patient’s only contact with the medical laboratory is the phlebotomist. From many patients’ point of view, the most difficult part of a doctor’s office visit is having their blood drawn. Children, teens and adults alike do not like blood and needles. It takes a skilled phlebotomist to put the patient at ease while obtaining all the required specimens. The need to assure quality and patient safety requires strict standards of practice and professional behavior.
- Works well under pressure
- Strong interpersonal communication skills
- Enjoys challenge and responsibility
- Manual dexterity
High school diploma or G.E.D. with additional training. Phlebotomy programs are available at a number of community colleges, adult career centers, and private proprietary schools. The training courses vary in length and usually lead to a certificate of completion.
$26,013 and $32,227