Phlebotomy Technicians

Phlebotomy technicians, sometimes called phlebotomists, draw blood from patients or donors in hospitals, blood banks, clinics, physicians' offices, or other facilities. They assemble equipment, verify patient identification numbers, and withdraw blood either by puncturing a person's finger, or by extracting blood from a vein or artery with a needle syringe. They label, transport, and store blood for analysis or for other medical purposes. There are 157,080 medical and clinical laboratory technicians, including phlebotomy technicians, employed in the United States.

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Quick Facts
Alternate Title(s) Phlebotomists
Duties Record the patient's medical history; take blood and other specimen samples for lab testing; label, record, and transport blood; evaluate any adverse reactions; administer first aid if necessary
Salary Range $25,000 to $75,000
Work Environment Primarily Indoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Nationwide
Minimum Education Level
  • High School Diploma
  • Some Postsecondary Training
School Subjects
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Health
Experience Clinical practicum recommended
Personality Traits
  • Hands On
  • Problem-Solving
  • Scientific
  • Math
  • Mechanical/Manual Dexterity
  • Scientific
Certification or Licensing Required
Special Requirements Some employers require a clean driving record and passing a drug screening
Employment Prospects Good
Advancement Prospects Fair
Outlook Much Faster than the Average
Career Ladder
  • Certified Phlebotomist
  • Phlebotomy Technician
  • Phlebotomist Assistant

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