Blood tests are a critical tool in the field of healthcare
Danbury, CT: The Harris School of Business may not be the biggest school in Connecticut, but its students are preparing to make a big difference in the lives of others. Students enrolled in the Phlebotomy Technician program at the Harris School are training for important jobs in the field of healthcare.
Why are phlebotomists so important? Phlebotomists are the healthcare professionals who draw blood from patients in order for diagnostics tests to be performed. Blood testing is a major tool in a doctor’s toolkit, and phlebotomists are the ones who get the process started.
If you are thinking about becoming a phlebotomist, think of these 4 great benefits of this career path:
1. You are helping patients with health information that could be life-saving
If your doctor orders a blood test, it is for a reason. Blood testing can help screen for a wide range of diseases and conditions such as:
- Cholesterol level
- Blood glucose level
- Sickle cell anemia
- HIV and STDs
- Genetic markers
- Prostate cancer
- Blood clotting disorders
- Thyroid disorder
- Liver function
Needless to say, these tests can make a big difference in a patient’s life. Knowing what condition you have is the first step toward getting treatment and getting better.
2. You can get trained in just a few months
Most phlebotomy training programs take only a few months to complete if you attend all of your classes and complete all of your clinical work. This means you can get started earning money in the workforce in a short amount of time. If you are interested, look for training programs at area community colleges, career training schools, and private schools.
3. You get to work in a professional environment
The world of healthcare is a respected and professional environment. If you have ever worked a job outdoors or in a loud busy restaurant, you know what a relief it can be to work in a calm office setting. Most phlebotomists work in professional labs, diagnostics centers, or hospital settings where the atmosphere is calm and professional. You work alongside other phlebotomists and healthcare professionals.
4. The job outlook is positive
The healthcare industry is a rapidly changing place. If you are looking into healthcare jobs, it’s a good idea to check the job outlook for the future for your particular job. Fortunately for phlebotomists, the job outlook appears to be good. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Occupational Outlook Handbook, the “Employment of phlebotomists is projected to grow 25 percent from 2014 to 2024, much faster than the average for all occupations.” This positive job outlook is one more reason to be enthusiastic about this career.
5. You have a profession you can be proud of
Not everyone has what it takes to be a phlebotomist. And those of you who do should feel very proud of yourselves. To complete your phlebotomy training, you need to undergo courses in medical terminology, anatomy and physiology, blood drawing techniques, and the safety measures behind drawing blood. You have to be someone who pays attention to detail and can follow strict procedures and safety protocols. If you are this type of person, you should be proud!
With these benefits in mind, take some time today to consider whether a career in phlebotomy might work for you.
The Harris School of Business offers a Phlebotomy Technician training program at its Danbury, Connecticut campus. Find out more about this role, or any of our other career-focused programs by contacting us online.