Blood analysis is vital to healthcare, as is blood collection—especially during natural disasters and emergencies. During a crisis, phlebotomy jobs keep the medical system running by drawing blood from people lining up to make donations and transporting it safely to those who need it most. Think about the last time you had blood drawn. If it was a good experience, your phlebotomist was likely skilled, confident, compassionate, and above all else, gentle. What you didn't see behind the scenes was just as important. To ensure your test results would be accurate, your phlebotomist:
Jobs in phlebotomy demand precision along with techniques to reassure anxious patients. In any workday, you could draw blood from a wide range of people, including children, older adults, and those with mental health conditions. You might also assist with urinalysis and glucose testing. Phlebotomy is one of the quickest ways to get into the healthcare field. And it's a job in a very stable industry that continuously needs workers. In fact, the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) projects a 17% growth in phlebotomy jobs over the next 10 years, which is much faster than average.
While you're searching for phlebotomy openings, you can expand your search to the broader category of healthcare support jobs. You may also want to consider looking at similar jobs such as:
Although only four states require phlebotomists to complete a post-secondary certificate program to get their CPT (Certified Phlebotomy Technician) or PTC (Phlebotomy Technician Certification), most employers prefer it. These programs combine classroom work with clinical training in a lab and can be taken at community colleges or vocational or technical schools.
Take a look at what else is required for a typical phlebotomist job, including soft skills like compassion, being detail orientated, dexterity, eye-hand coordination, and physical stamina.
To cut through the stacks of applications employers receive, make sure your resume is a winner. We can help with that! Check out our sample resume for a phlebotomist. You can use this example as a template and replace the sample information with your own. You'll also want to include a cover letter when you apply for that perfect job, so we have some cover letter tips and cover letter samples for you to peruse. Be sure to mention the types of patients you've worked with and the successes you've had as well as your organizational skills and knowledge of health and safety standards.
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Money is an essential part of any job conversation. We've done our homework here at Monster and found that the median pay for a phlebotomist in the U.S. is $16.53 per hour. You can find the average salary for phlebotomy jobs in your area using Monster's Salary Tool. The page also lists skills that can increase your value to employers and suggests ideas for next steps in your career path.
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