Phlebotomists primarily draw blood, which is then used for different kinds of testing. Because all blood samples look the same, phlebotomists must identify and label the sample they have drawn and enter it into a database. Some phlebotomists draw blood for other purposes, such as at blood drives where people donate blood. They can work in hospitals, medical and diagnostic laboratories, blood donation centers, and doctors’ offices.
Phlebotomists’ job responsibilities are varied:
Draw blood from patients and blood donors.
Talk with patients and donors so they are more comfortable with having their blood drawn.
Verify a patient or donor’s identity to ensure proper labeling.
Label the drawn blood for testing or processing.
Enter patient information into a database or electronic health record.
Assemble and maintain instruments like needles, test tubes and blood vials.
National Median Salary
*Figure represents national average. To view the average salary in your state visit the bureau of labor statistics.
Entry-level education requirements:
High school diploma/GED and postsecondary nondegree award (certificate)
Job outlook (2014-24):
Growing much faster than average (25 percent projected growth)*