Phlebotomy Technician as a Career

In a time when the population is aging, and as more diagnostic blood tests are becoming available, there is a variety of opportunities for trained phlebotomists. A phlebotomy technician career offers job opportunities in a number of different settings including:

  • Laboratories
  • Diagnostic centers
  • Hospitals
  • Blood centers
  • Blood banks and donation centers
  • Home health agencies
  • Physicians’ offices
  • Research clinics

Professional Environment

What will your work setting be like as a phlebotomist? In your phlebotomy technician career you will usually be required to wear scrubs or a uniform. In order to serve patients, you will be on your feet for much of the day, and actively helping patients get ready for their blood draws. Some phlebotomy technician jobs require weekend hours, evening hours, or early-morning hours.

Employment Outlook

Each year the U.S. Department of Labor releases data on the estimated change in demand for a variety of careers. In order to learn about the job outlook for phlebotomists, you can refer to the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Outlook Handbook.

The handbook reports, “An increase in the aging population will lead to a greater need to diagnose medical conditions, such as cancer or type 2 diabetes, through laboratory procedures.” It continues, “Medical laboratory technologists and technicians will be needed to use and maintain the equipment needed for diagnosis and treatment.”

The growth in employment of phlebotomists, according to the handbook, is expected to grow 25 percent from 2014 to 2024, much faster than the average for all occupations.

Earnings/Salary for a Phlebotomy Technician Career

The wages of phlebotomy technicians differ based on a number of factors. Wages could be higher or lower based on your years of experience, your level of skills, and even your geographic location within the country. Those phlebotomists who are just beginning in the field will usually earn less than those with more years of experience. As you gain more experience in the field and perform your job well, you can expect that your earnings will increase.

Phlebotomy Technician Career Certifications

An organization called the National Healthcareer Association offers the Certified Phlebotomy Technician (CPT) exam. Students who have been successful in their studies and are getting close to graduation are encouraged to consider taking this exam. The Phlebotomy Technician program at the Harris School is specifically designed to help students prepare to sit for this exam.

The CPT exam is held at the Danbury campus. Students are responsible for the fee for the exam. Taking the test at Danbury is a privilege that is available for students who (1) earn at least a 75% grade point average on all tests, (2) attend all classes, and (3) are in good standing.

The CPT certification offered by the National Healthcareer Association is recognized throughout the country. Entering the job market with certification shows employers that you are competent in your skills and serious about your new career. Getting certified will expand your options of careers as a Phlebotomy Technician.

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