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What Does a Phlebotomist Do?

If the sight of blood doesn’t make you squeamish, then a career as a phlebotomist might be for you. They draw and prepare blood for medical testing, transfusions or donation. Phlebotomists collect blood through veins (venipuncture) or finger pricks (capillary sample). They work in hospitals, outpatient care facilities, diagnostic laboratories and blood donation centers. Night and weekend shifts are often required.

While the job growth for all occupations in the U.S. is expected to increase about 4% from 2019 to 2029, the opportunities for phlebotomists is expected to grow a remarkable 17% during that same time period.

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Phlebotomist inserts a needle to take a blood sample
Don’t let the name throw you. A phlebotomist is the person who draws your blood when you go to the doctor’s office. (Credit: Andrey_Popov/Shutterstock)
Duties + Responsibilities
  • Explain blood draw or transfusion process to patients
  • Draw blood 
  • Label the drawn blood for testing or processing
  • Assist patients who experience adverse reactions
  • Enter patient information into a database
  • Maintain medical instruments such as needles, test tubes and vials
  • Keep work areas clean and sanitary
EDUCATION + TRAINING

Most employers look for candidates who have completed a postsecondary phlebotomy program. Programs are available from community colleges and technical schools. These programs usually take less than a year to complete and lead to a certificate. Certification programs involve classroom sessions and laboratory work, and they include instruction in anatomy, physiology and medical terminology. Some phlebotomists enter the occupation with a high school diploma and are trained on the job. Phlebotomists also receive specific instruction on how to identify, label and track blood samples.

YOU MAY BE A GOOD FIT FOR THIS POSITION IF YOU
  • Have good interpersonal skills
  • Have a focused, professional attitude
  • Have excellent dexterity and hand-eye coordination
  • Can stay calm and work effectively under pressure
  • Are detail-oriented

Phlebotomist training in your area

Coordinates
Pasco-Hernando State College

Phlebotomist Technical Credit Certificate

Pasco-Hernando State College
New Port Richey (0.0 Miles)

Phlebotomist Technician Certificate

Eastern Arizona College
Thatcher (0.0 Miles)

Phlebotomy Training

Craven Community College
New Bern (0.0 Miles)

Phlebotomy Technician Certificate

Kishwaukee College
Malta (0.0 Miles)

Phlebotomy Technician Technical Diploma

Northcentral Technical College
Wausau (0.0 Miles)

Phlebotomy/Clinical Lab Assistant Certificate

Allegany College of Maryland
Cumberland (0.0 Miles)

Certificate of Technical Studies in Patient Care Technician

Louisiana Delta Community College
Monroe (0.0 Miles)
Cuyahoga Community College

Laboratory Phlebotomy Certificate

Cuyahoga Community College
(0.0 Miles)

Phlebotomy Technician Certificate

Middlesex County College
Edison (0.0 Miles)

Phlebotomy Certificate

Centralia College
Centralia (0.0 Miles)

Phlebotomist Certificate

Midlands Technical College
West Columbia (0.0 Miles)

Phlebotomy Non-Credit Certificate

South Texas College
McAllen (0.0 Miles)
Meet Ambassador
Becky Palsgrove
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Becky Palsgrove, phlebotomist
Meet Ambassador
Becky Palsgrove

Becky Palsgrove started as a part-time phlebotomist in September 2019, but it didn't take long for her to develop a good bedside manner. 

"When I’m able to collect blood from someone who’s a 'hard stick,' I feel proud," says Becky of patients who aren't keen on getting their blood drawn. "I really do feel like a valued member of the care team when I do a good job."

After training at a local community college, it took her a few months to get used to the "different kind of stress" the job created — like waking people up at 4:45 a.m. to take their blood. 

"I had to learn how to avoid psyching myself out before I even walked through the door, and how to leave work worries at work. This is probably true of any new job, but it had been a while since I’d learned a new skill completely from scratch, and I had to learn new ways to handle the stress. It’s definitely paid off!"

Her ability to connect with patients and make them comfortable has helped. "I believe that it’s important not to diminish others’ discomfort or fear when reassuring them," says Becky. It's clear this approach has earned her some respect.

Find Phlebotomist Jobs in Your Area

Coordinates

Phlebotomist -- Lab -- General Hospital

Charleston Area Medical Center
Charleston ( 0.0 ) Miles
Posted 1 month 3 weeks ago

Phlebotomist

Charleston Area Medical Center
Charleston ( 0.0 ) Miles
Posted 1 month 3 weeks ago

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Fairfield Medical Center
Lancaster ( 0.0 ) Miles
Posted 1 month 2 weeks ago

Clinic Phlebotomist; McKee; 1.0 FTE

Meriter Healthcare
Madison ( 0.0 ) Miles
Posted 1 month 2 weeks ago

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Tucson Medical Center
Tucson ( 0.0 ) Miles
Posted 1 month 2 weeks ago

Phlebotomist

University of Pittsburgh Medical Center
Pittsburgh ( 0.0 ) Miles
Posted 1 month 2 weeks ago

Phlebotomist I - Laboratory, Full Time, Evenings

Northwestern Medicine
Lake Forest ( 0.0 ) Miles
Posted 1 month 2 weeks ago

Phlebotomist

Sonic Healthcare USA
Memphis ( 0.0 ) Miles
Posted 1 month 2 weeks ago