Phlebotomists draw blood from people for medical tests and donations. They usually work under the supervision of a clinical laboratory scientist to collect and analyze the blood samples. Because they deal with blood, phlebotomists must follow many safety precautions to prevent the spread of disease.
Phlebotomists work normal hours and can find employment in a variety of settings, including hospitals, blood banks, clinics and laboratories. They must have good communication and people skills to put patients at ease because many people are afraid of needles or blood.
Training programs for phlebotomy last about one semester and, in addition to classroom instruction, include over 100 hours of clinical training. Often, medical assistants and certified nursing assistants choose to get phlebotomy training to add to their responsibilities.
Licensure and Certification
Although it is not required, most phlebotomists choose to become certified by taking the national exam offered by the American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP).
Career Outlook Map of Iowa
Phlebotomists and other clinical laboratory technicians have a good job outlook. Statewide, the profession is expected to grow by 14%. In central Iowa, the outlook is very good with a 23% growth rate.