20 Reasons to Become a Phlebotomy Tech
Phlebotomy technicians are a unique and vital part of the allied healthcare community, responsible for drawing blood used for testing and transfusions. You can find these professionals in clinics, laboratories, blood banks, and hospitals, and their positive demeanor alleviates stressful situations.
Why is a career as a phlebotomist exciting and rewarding? We’ve compiled a list of 20 reasons that might surprise you.
1) Applying to Phlebotomy Certificate Programs is Easy
Future phlebotomists will be happy to learn that applying to phlebotomy training programs is incredibly straightforward. In most cases, you’ll simply need a high school diploma (or equivalent) and a great attitude to kick-start your education.
2) Flexible Learning Paths
Schools that offer certificate programs understand that many of their students may work full or part-time jobs, or have families they need to dedicate attention to. Therefore, you’ll likely be able to find a phlebotomy tech training program that involves daytime, nighttime and/or weekend training hours that fits your schedule.
3) Phlebotomist Education and Training is Fast
Phlebotomy education has one of the fastest turnarounds in allied healthcare. Depending on your schedule availability, it may be as short as one month – or as long as four months – to complete your studies, pass your certification exam, and start working!
4) Affordable Certificate Programs
One of the primary reasons an allied healthcare career works for so many students is affordability. The costs to complete a certificate program and take the required certification exam are considerably less than attending a traditional college. In fact, the cost of most phlebotomy training programs is less than $2,000.
5) Satisfy Your Morbid Curiosity
Future phlebotomy techs are the types of people who watch surgeries on television and Snapchat, and act calmly when a person around them gets a cut. Phlebotomy requires you to understand how to get the most out of veins – and to love it to the last drop!
6) Build a Long-Term Career in Allied Healthcare
Because phlebotomy techs are surrounded by a myriad of healthcare professionals in a variety of situations, they learn what sort of positions speak to them most. Many healthcare professionals start off in the blood-drawing business before moving on to pursue a career that they are truly passionate about.
7) Secure Job Market
When it comes to allied healthcare jobs, you’ve got a tremendous advantage for finding opportunities. In fact, the Bureau of Labor predicts that from 2014 to 2024, there will be a 19% increase in the medical sector – the highest in the United States. Phlebotomy job rates are even higher, at 25% over the next decade!
8) Receive Great Pay for an Entry Level Position
The national average salary for phlebotomists hovers at $33,750, but it’s not unheard of for phlebotomists to receive yearly incomes of nearly $40,000. With enough job experience, the top 10% of earners can expect upwards of $49,000!
9) Work with a Wide Range of Medical Staff
Whether you’re taking samples in a lab or a doctor’s office, phlebotomy techs work with medical professionals of all types. Nurses, physicians, EMTs, and surgeons – you name it. The responsibilities of phlebotomy techs give them an inside look at the inner-workings of not only allied healthcare jobs but also general medicine.
10) You May Find Career Inspiration in Other Sectors
Whether finding a vein site or working in labs, phlebotomists often fall in love with different medical positions they may never have given a second thought about. Maybe they’ll develop a love of helping children and pursue pediatrics, or maybe they’ll have a life-changing experience when participating in the OR.
11) Get A Regular Workout In
Phlebotomists can expect to be on their feet for much of the day. If you’re looking for a physically active career – rather than a desk job – this could be a great option for you.
12) You May Be the Only Medical Team Member Who Can Help
It’s often incredibly difficult to locate a place to properly insert a needle, especially in the case of rolling veins. With their skills and calm demeanor, phlebotomy techs are often the only team members who can succeed.
13) Work 9 to 5 – if You Want!
Physician’s offices and laboratories typically expect employees to work 9-5 positions. Larger hospitals, however, may need certified phlebotomists to work on a 24/7 schedule, which allows for staff to develop a routine that may include days, nights or weekends.
A flexible, alternative schedule is a great opportunity for someone in need of childcare and other obligations that make a 9-5 schedule difficult to maintain.
14) Work Almost Anywhere in the United States
Have you always wanted to live in the Pacific Northwest? Have family in Pennsylvania you’d like to move closer to? Has your spouse’s job been transferred to Wisconsin?
Most states don’t have a requirement for phlebotomy certification, which means you have incredible flexibility to move throughout the United States. Proper phlebotomy training and certification, however, gives you an edge on the competition and is preferred by most hiring professionals.
15) Challenge Yourself Every Day
Just like people, no two shifts are ever the same. Different situations require special protocol, obligating phlebotomists to think quickly and act. For people seeking a routine job, keep moving. Phlebotomy is for those that love to think on their feet.
16) Save Lives by Drawing Plasma
Plasma is produced by the human body and makes up over 50% of blood volume. Plasma donation is a vital process for millions of Americans who suffer from blood clotting and autoimmune problems. Phlebotomy techs safely and accurately take these donations, comfort donors, and are the first step in the process of saving lives.
17) Discover What Patients are Suffering From
Assisting doctors in determining a patient’s affliction is an incredible privilege, and phlebotomists’ accurately procured, labeled, and cared for blood samples can speed up diagnoses. These blood draws can detect bacterial infections, cholesterol levels, diseases, and more.
18) Help People Get Over Their Fears
Even though piercing the skin is a regular part of the day for phlebotomists, for those with needle phobias, performing routine – or emergency – blood testing is a stressful experience.
When combined with a history of poorly, and painfully administered needles, patients might be facing their greatest fears. Excellent professionals first explain procedures to put patients at ease, then choose the best equipment for the task.
For example, if patients have smaller veins or a low pain threshold, butterfly needles are a more suitable apparatus for blood work.
19) Save Lives in a Medical Emergency
Whenever a disaster occurs, phlebotomists jump into action. Blood banks and their mobile vehicles can be spotted at universities, high schools, community centers, and churches throughout the United States, with civilians donating their time and blood to people in great need.
Knowing that you assisted in saving lives of fellow Americans is a tremendous feeling and one that any certified phlebotomy technician holds dear.
20) Be Proud of the Work You Do
Whether they work in a laboratory, blood bank, or hospital, phlebotomists are a crucial part of the allied healthcare community. Their calm demeanor and steady hands help to determine diseases and disorders, as well as draw blood and plasma for medical research.
To learn more about a career as a phlebotomist, check out the AIMS phlebotomy tech program page.