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How to Get a Job as a Phlebotomist

After you’ve completed your certification, begin applying for jobs with hospitals, diagnostic laboratories and blood donor centers. Those are the places the BLS predicts will have the most job openings. Employers are looking for trained phlebotomists with good hand-eye coordination (you’re pricking skin, after all) and a good bedside manner. In your interview, emphasize your attention to detail, since phlebotomists spend a great deal of time marking blood vials and tracking them, not to mention dealing with copious amounts of data entry.

Job Satisfaction

Upward Mobility fair Average
Stress Level poor Above Average
Flexibility fair Average

What is the Job Like?

Hopefully it goes without saying, but you can’t be squeamish and work this job. Not only do phlebotomists see blood, they handle it, so a strong stomach is necessary. There are also just the general sights, sounds and smells that accompany working in a hospital.

And something else to note: Administering medical attention isn’t a 9-to-5 type gig, for anyone. You’ll work night shifts, weekends and holidays in hospitals – which employ the most phlebotomists. Those who work in doctors’ offices might have more regular shifts and Monday to Friday schedules.

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