Phlebotomist Job Description and Salary Outlook

There is a wide range of nursing jobs that you can find in hospital or clinic. Among so many nursing jobs, phlebotomist will work as part of a team with nurses, healthcare science staff working in blood sciences, biomedical scientists, GPs and other healthcare staff. In general, phlebotomist’s job is to collect blood samples from patients to help diagnose illness. 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 use specialized medical equipment to study. Mostly, their works come as referral from physicians; therefore the findings will be reported back to them.

If you are interested to earn money as a phlebotomist, you need to obtain a bachelor’s degree in life sciences of medical technology. Usually, the program will consist of some hospital-based courses. In fact, some states will require you to have licensure and certification.

Job Skills and Requirements

  • Good Communication Skills: Since phlebotomist will draw blood from patient, so good communication is terribly needed. As patients may be nervous about having their blood taken, so you need to reassure them and put them at ease.
  • Compassion: when working with patients in pain or trauma, having good empathy is needed.
  • Attention to Detail: Detail is needed as the blood must be labeled in a certain way.
  • Dexterity: A steady hand is needed in this job as you will be working with needles.
  • Stamina: As phlebotomists will be standing for long hours on their feet, good stamina is necessary.
  • Technical Skills: having a little technical skill is also necessary as you will use complex machinery to test blood.

As of January 2017, the average pay for a medical phlebotomist is $14.51/hr or $30,835 annually. Moreover, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the job of phlebotomist and all medical lab work will grow faster between 2010 and 2020.

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