Phlebotomists draw patients blood and prepare it for lab analysis. In the medical field their primary responsibility is collecting blood. Phlebotomy technicians deposit the blood into various labeled vials. These vials all contain different solutions that when combined with the blood help lab technicians analyze and process the sample.

As a phlebotomist it's important to maintain safety procedures. Blood-born viruses are easily transferable. After using a needle they must then dispose it in a medical waste container without recapping it. This act prevents them from accidentally sticking themselves with the used needle. It is all is part of the biological waste disposal procedures which phlebotomists are responsible for.

Key Facts About Phlebotomists:

  • Job openings are expected to increase by 14% in the next few years.
  • Phlebotomists are responsible for the drawing, testing, and proper disposal of blood samples from medical patients.
  • The National American Society of Clinical Pathologists and the National Phlebotomy Association offer certification programs

Salary for phlebotomists depends on education, training, experience, and location. Over the next ten years clinical employment is projected to grow 14% and the job market is expected to grow rapidly. Those with advanced medical degrees and certification have the best opportunity for employment. Phlebotomy can offer a range of career opportunities with good pay and health benefits for you and your family.

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