Phlebotomists draw blood for tests, transfusions, research, or blood donations.
Do you like shows like Grey's Anatomy and like helping people? Drawing blood for tests is a growing field that is perfect for you!
Why Should You Consider This Career?

Phlebotomists are in demand, have a high salary, and have a high job satisfaction

That's $3,300 per bi-weekly paycheck
That's 2000 new jobs in Utah per year (30% growth)
Less Physical                                         More Physical
Less Training                                          More Training
More Structure                                     Less Structure
Lab Liaison Technician, Mobile Examiner, Patient Service Technician (PST), Phlebotomist, Phlebotomy Technician, Registered Phlebotomist

Draw blood for tests, transfusions, donations, or research. May explain the procedure to patients and assist in the recovery of patients with adverse reactions.

At A Glance in US
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398,000 (35%)
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398,000 (35%)
398,000 (35%)
Lab Liaison Technician, Mobile Examiner, Patient Service Technician (PST), Phlebotomist, Phlebotomy Technician, Registered Phlebotomist
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Your Typical Day:

  • Dispose of contaminated sharps, in accordance with applicable laws, standards, and policies.
  • Organize or clean blood-drawing trays, ensuring that all instruments are sterile and all needles, syringes, or related items are of first-time use.
  • Draw blood from veins by vacuum tube, syringe, or butterfly venipuncture methods.
  • Match laboratory requisition forms to specimen tubes.
  • Dispose of blood or other biohazard fluids or tissue, in accordance with applicable laws, standards, or policies.
  • Conduct standards tests, such as blood alcohol, blood culture, oral glucose tolerance, glucose screening, blood smears, or peak and trough drug levels tests.
  • Collect specimens at specific time intervals for tests, such as those assessing therapeutic drug levels.
  • Process blood or other fluid samples for further analysis by other medical professionals.
  • Provide sample analysis results to physicians to assist diagnosis.
  • Enter patient, specimen, insurance, or billing information into computer.
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Your Responsibilities

  • Dispose of biomedical waste in accordance with standards.
  • Clean medical equipment.
  • Prepare medical instruments or equipment for use.
  • Collect biological specimens from patients.
  • Give medications or immunizations.
  • Conduct diagnostic tests to determine patient health.
  • Maintain medical records.
  • Monitor patients to detect health problems.
  • Transport biological or other medical materials.
  • Maintain medical equipment or instruments.
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Knowledge You Will Learn

  • Customer and Personal Service

Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction. 89/100

  • English Language

Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar. 69/100

  • Administrative

Knowledge of administrative and office procedures and systems such as word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and workplace terminology. 61/100

  • Education and Training

Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects. 60/100

  • Psychology

Knowledge of human behavior and performance; individual differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; psychological research methods; and the assessment and treatment of behavioral and affective disorders. 55/100

  • Computers and Electronics

Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming. 54/100

  • Medicine and Dentistry

Knowledge of the information and techniques needed to diagnose and treat human injuries, diseases, and deformities. This includes symptoms, treatment alternatives, drug properties and interactions, and preventive health-care measures. 52/100

  • Administration and Management

Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources. 49/100

  • Public Safety and Security

Knowledge of relevant equipment, policies, procedures, and strategies to promote effective local, state, or national security operations for the protection of people, data, property, and institutions. 49/100

  • Biology

Knowledge of plant and animal organisms, their tissues, cells, functions, interdependencies, and interactions with each other and the environment. 48/100

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Tools of the Trade

  • Non vacuum blood collection tubes or containers
  • Anatomical human mannequins for medical education or training
  • Phlebotomy trays or accessories
  • Blood collection needles
  • Capillary or hematocrit tubes
  • Blood bank refrigerators
  • Volumetric pipettes
  • Dispensing pins or needles
  • Blood drawing or phlebotomy chairs
  • Glucose monitors or meters
  • Medical staff aprons or bibs
  • Bar code reader equipment
  • Microcentrifuges
  • Lancets
  • Arterial blood gas monitors
  • Needle or blade or sharps disposal containers or carts
  • Stool collection containers without media
  • Notebook computers
  • Clock timers
  • Benchtop centrifuges
  • Surgical isolation or surgical masks
  • Sputum collection apparatus or containers
  • Tourniquets
  • Medical carts
  • Intravenous tubing with catheter administration kits
  • Specimen collection or transport bags
  • Shaking incubators
  • Spill kits
  • Blood collection syringes
  • Tissue culture coated plates or dishes or inserts
  • Urinalysis analyzers
  • Winged infusion needle set
  • Laser fax machine
  • Blood collection needle holders
  • Bag tag printer
  • Pasteur or transfer pipettes
  • Radiographic locators
  • Personal computers
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