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Phlebotomist

To be a successful Phlebotomist you should…

  • enjoy working directly with patients

  • be able to create an atmosphere of trust and confidence with patients
  • have good communication skills
  • have good manual dexterity

What will my job be like?

Phlebotomists draw blood samples from people by venipuncture, and keep careful records of all procedures for medical tests and blood donations. Safety precautions are of utmost concern to the phlebotomist to prevent the transmission of infectious diseases. Phlebotomists are instructed to adhere to strict policies and procedures and to work accurately and efficiently while treating the patient with care.


Where could I work?

Phlebotomists work in hospitals, independent clinical laboratories, or blood banks.

Other workplace settings:
  • Home Health Agencies
  • Hospitals
  • Pheresis (blood separation) Centers
  • Clinics
  • Public Health Departments

What is the average annual salary?

$36,300


What is the future of this career?

Employment of phlebotomists is projected to grow 22 percent from 2020 to 2030, much faster than the average for all occupations, according to the BLS.

About 19,500 openings for phlebotomists are projected each year, on average, over the decade. Many of those openings are expected to result from the need to replace workers who transfer to different occupations or exit the labor force, such as to retire.


What type of education and/or training do I need?

Training can be obtained through one year, on-the-job instruction or through a formal phlebotomy certificate program, which lasts several months.


Where can I get the education and/or training?

  • Asnuntuck Community College, Enfield
  • Gateway Community College, New Haven
  • Middlesex Community College, Middletown
  • Naugatuck Valley Community College, Waterbury
  • Northwestern Connecticut Community College, Winsted
  • Norwalk Community College, Norwalk
  • Quinebaug Valley Community College, Danielson
  • Tunxis Community College, Farmington
  • Valley Medical Institute, Bridgeport

Do I need a license or certification for this career?

Licensure is not required in the state of Connecticut.


Where can I get more information?

American Society of Phlebotomy Technicians
PO Box 1831
Hickory, NC 28603
(828) 327-3000
www.aspt.org

American Society for Clinical Laboratory Science
1861 International Drive, Suite 200
McLean, VA   22102
(571) 748-3770
www.ascls.org

American Society of Clinical Pathology
33 West Monroe Street, Suite 1600
Chicago, IL   60603
(800) 267-2727
www.ascp.org