What Will I Be Doing as a Phlebotomy technician?
Phlebotomy technicians work in hospitals, laboratories, blood donor centers, and physicians’ offices. They are responsible for drawing blood to be used for diagnostic testing, transfusions, research, or blood donations. This work requires phlebotomists to learn how to calm patients’ fears about the blood draw, verify identity to ensure proper labeling of the blood, label the drawn blood for testing or processing, enter patient information into a computer system, and assemble and maintain medical instruments such as needles, test tubes, and blood vials.
The 24/7 nature of healthcare makes night and weekend schedules a possibility for phlebotomy technicians, particularly those who work in hospitals; however, most work standard daytime hours.
How much can I earn as a Phlebotomy technician?
Salaries for phlebotomists vary by employer, geographic location, and experience. The U.S. Department of Labor reports that the middle 50% of phlebotomy technicians earn between $28,130 and $39,760 a year.
Career Step’s program provides the knowledge and simulation experience you need to complete the Certified Phlebotomy Technician (CPT) credential. To qualify for exam registration, you will also need to perform a minimum of 30 venipunctures and 10 capillary sticks. Check with your local Labcorp, Quest, or hospital to set up your live experience.