Phlebotomists are often referred to as phlebotomy technicians. Phlebotomists collect blood samples, and possess specialized skills in the area of collecting blood and other laboratory samples from pediatric and adult patients. After the blood specimen has been collected, the phlebotomist labels the various collection tubes and prepares them for transport to the lab, where they are analyzed to help diagnose illnesses. Phlebotomy students may practice venipuncture (using a needle to draw blood) dozens of times each week during a typical course.
Phlebotomy professionals may work in a variety of environments, including:
- Physician’s office
- Medical laboratory
- Clinical laboratory area of a medical office, hospital, clinic, or blood donation center
Phlebotomy professionals need a wide range of capabilities, including:
- Analytical skills and sound judgment
- Ability to work under pressure
- Attention to detail
- Problem solving ability
Employment of clinical laboratory workers is expected to grow 14 percent between 2006 and 2016, faster than the average for all occupations. The volume of laboratory tests continues to increase with both population growth and the development of new types of tests.
- Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2008