A phlebotomist not to be confused with lobotomy (someone who removes parts of the brain) is a medical professional who specializes in drawing blood from a vein for the purpose of testing blood, collecting samples and various other blood related procedures.
In addition to doing blood work phlebotomists may also be responsible for cleaning, testing and preparing medical equipment, swabbing patients arms, applying tourniquets, applying bandages, inserting/withdrawing needles and a number of other related tasks.
Those who operate as phlebotomist may operate in a number of different health care settings such as at a hospital, health care clinic, doctor’s office, research center, educational institute, blood donation centers, blood banks or a number of other health care related settings.
While some facilities such as donation centers may hire phlebotomist to draw blood from volunteers various health care professionals may also perform phlebotomy on a regular basis within the scope of their practice.
This may include specialists such as nurses, practitioners and doctors.
Some facilities such as blood donation centers and blood banks may be staffed primarily with phlebotomists.
In these cases the phlebotomist may be only person an individual sees so it is extremely important to be friendly, outgoing and supportive in order to provide the best chances for repeat business and a continued relationship with the blood donor as blood donation centers often rely on the good will of volunteers to receive the blood they need in order to assist patients in need of blood transfusions, platelets or other blood related needs.
Those who are interested in becoming a phlebotomist must have either a GED or Diploma before being able to apply for any phlebotomy courses.
Once the required level of education is achieved potential phlebotomist students may choose to take an available and state approved phlebotomy course in their desired location.
Phlebotomy courses can vary in terms of length, however many phlebotomy courses generally last 6 – 12 months depending on the coursework and amount of courses an individual participates in within a given amount of time.
The average salary for a phlebotomist in the United States is around $30,300 per year, however the amount of money a phlebotomist can potentially earn can vary from $24,000 – $37,000 depending on the state they work in, the number of hours they work, the agreed upon salary and any other perks, bonuses or benefits they may receive as part of their job.