Phlebotomists

Draw blood for tests, transfusions, donations, or research. May explain the procedure to patients and assist in the recovery of patients with adverse reactions.

Median Annual Wage: $30,670

Education: Post-secondary certificate (57%); High school diploma or equivalent (33%); Associate's degree (5%)

Projected Growth: Much faster than average (22% or higher)

Related Job Titles: Phlebotomist; Lab Asst; Patient Service Technician PST; Phlebotomist Supervisor/Instructor; Phlebotomy Director; Phlebotomy Program Coordinator; Phlebotomy Supervisor; Registered Phlebotomist-Part Time; Phlebotomist, Medical Lab Assistant

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Source: O*NET OnLine information for Phlebotomists.

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  • Dispose of contaminated sharps, in accordance with applicable laws, standards, and policies.
  • Draw blood from veins by vacuum tube, syringe, or butterfly venipuncture methods.
  • Dispose of blood or other biohazard fluids or tissue, in accordance with applicable laws, standards, or policies.
  • Draw blood from capillaries by dermal puncture, such as heel or finger stick methods.
  • Enter patient, specimen, insurance, or billing information into computer.
  • Organize or clean blood-drawing trays, ensuring that all instruments are sterile and all needles, syringes, or related items are of first-time use.
  • Collect specimens at specific time intervals for tests, such as those assessing therapeutic drug levels.
  • Collect fluid or tissue samples, using appropriate collection procedures.
  • Transport specimens or fluid samples from collection sites to laboratories.
  • Process blood or other fluid samples for further analysis by other medical professionals.
  • Provide sample analysis results to physicians to assist diagnosis.
  • Document route of specimens from collection to laboratory analysis and diagnosis.
  • Explain fluid or tissue collection procedures to patients.
  • Conduct standards tests, such as blood alcohol, blood culture, oral glucose tolerance, glucose screening, blood smears, or peak and trough drug levels tests.
  • Train other medical personnel in phlebotomy or laboratory techniques.

Source: O*NET OnLine information for Phlebotomists.

  • Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • Social Perceptiveness - Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
  • Writing - Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
  • Instructing - Teaching others how to do something.
  • Monitoring - Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
  • Coordination - Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.

Source: O*NET OnLine information for Phlebotomists.

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