Phlebotomist Job Description

Phlebotomist is a specialized person who collects blood for examination in laboratories. While collecting the blood phlebotomist has to be very careful so that the sample does not get affected otherwise it will not give the correct report. Also it should not harm the patient in any way. To transport the specimen to the correct laboratory is also the responsibility of the phlebotomist. You can work as a part time or full time employee. Along with blood collecting, collecting the samples of sputum, urine, feces and bodily fluid is also a part of their job responsibilities.

How to become phlebotomist? – training and requirement

To become a phlebotomist, you can take a course at local technical or vocational school after or during your graduation. Some of the nurses also take this course and join hospital or clinics before becoming a nurse to get the working feel. Salary of phlebotomist who has just been trained in this field is very low as compare to if you are a nurse and working as phlebotomist.
In training, candidates are taught on how to collect blood from patients including children and elderly people. Also both practical as well as theoretical training is provided.

You have different roles to play:

  • Role of phlebotomist within the department of pathology
  • Professional standards and practice code
  • Blood collection method
  • What are various labeling protocols?
  • How to identify the sites for venepuncture?
  • Associated safety aspects

Once you are trained in the course you may be awarded a certificate for the same. You can now start finding jobs at hospitals, clinics and medical offices.To improve you salary you can pursue associate’s or bachelor’s degree in phlebotomy. Then you also have the chance to become supervisor or you can work in lab that needs complex lab technician with administrative duties.

Employment

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the industry of phlebotomist is on rise and it is a part of medical technician industry. The industry as a whole will increase at least 10% by 2018. Growing population, increasing number of elders, more medical facilities, and increased medical services have led to the growth of the same.

Phlebotomist Salary

Starting salary of phlebotomist is not too high. But more technical courses and experience phlebotomist pay for sure increases. You salary is get affected by the type of hospital in which you are working and whether you are working in public or private clinic. Also salary will be more if you are working in metropolitan than the rural or suburbs.

Median Salary Range – Phlebotomist salary per hour

  • Median salary of phlebotomist – $20.28 per hour
  • Lowest 10% earn $12.19 per hour
  • Upper 10% earn $30.00 per hour
  • Median annual salary of phlebotomist – $42,180

Phlebotomist pay in top 5 states in US

  • Connecticut $57,450
  • Tennessee $56,760
  • Alaska $52,650
  • Hawaii $52,010
  • Minnesota $51,770.

Salary of Phlebotomist by Experience

  • Less than 1 year $18,904 – $38,783
  • 1-4 years $19,102 – $39,267
  • 5-9 years $22,110 – $41,262
  • 10-19 years $20,347 – $42,000
  • 20 years or more $23,554 – $41,156

Salary of Phlebotomist by Certification

  • ASCP Certified Phlebotomy Technician (PBT) $19,823 – $40,596
  • ASCP Certified Medical Laboratory Technician (MLT) $29,479 – $36,802
  • Certified Medical Assistant (CMA) $27,121 – $35,168
  • Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) $21,618 – $41,116
  • Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) $24,303 – $30,521
  • Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) – Basic $22,489 – $37,000

Salary by Gender

  • Female$19,181 – $41,021
  • Male$19,555 – $40,147