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How to become a Phlebotomist

Some phlebotomists have degrees in life sciences or medical terminology. Other phlebotomists enter the field with a high school degree and take courses. Phlebotomy training programs are typically around one year in length and include classroom instruction in anatomy, medical terminology and physiology and hands-on training in medical environments. Some employers, such as hospitals and the Red Cross, offer the training to their employees.

Some employers are also looking for phlebotomists who are members of certificating organizations such as the National Center for Competency Testing (NCCT), National Health Career Association (NHA), the American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP) or the American Medical Technologists (AMT). Becoming a member of one of these organizations may also help you to get a job in the field or advance in your career.

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What skills help Phlebotomists find jobs?

  • Bilingual
  • Blood sampling
  • CPT coding
  • Childcare
  • Clinical laboratory experience
  • Communication skills
  • Computer literacy
  • Computer skills
  • Customer service
  • Data collection
  • Data entry
  • Documentation review
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Career progression for Phlebotomist

Education levels for Phlebotomists

Based on the requirements of Phlebotomist job openings on Indeed in the United States within the last three years.
required level of educationpercent of job openings
High school diploma or GED68.8%
Associate's degree20.2%
Bachelor's degree9.8%
Master's degree1.2%
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Expected salary by experience

Based on resume data from Indeed users who reported working as a Phlebotomist in the United States within the last three years.
Years of experienceAnnual salary in USD
0 - 4$27,300
4 - 8$28,200
8 - 12$29,900
12 - 16$30,200
16 - 20$30,600
20 - 24$30,800
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How do you become a certified phlebotomist?

First, you will need to graduate high school or obtain a GED. Next, attend a phlebotomist training program through an accredited program or school. Next pursue certification, which will involve completion of the training program and passing an exam.

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What other jobs can a phlebotomist do?

Phlebotomists may consider new settings to work within their field, such as hospitals, nursing homes, clinics and labs. Phlebotomists may consider gaining more education to pursue a career in nursing or another medical field. They can also go into careers working as lab assistants or in reception at doctor's offices.

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Can a medical assistant get a job as a phlebotomist?

Yes. It is a nice skill for a medical assistant to obtain a certification in phlebotomy. Medical sssistants with phlebotomy experience can get jobs in hospitals as phlebotomists.

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