If you have always wanted to work in the medical sector, but becoming a doctor was not in the cards for you, you might be interested to hear about another opportunity – working as a phlebotomy technician. A phlebotomist is a specialist who handles the work of drawing blood for blood samples – to alleviate the workload for doctors and nurses, but also to bring another level of expertise to this task, thereby heightening the quality of the work.
To get this sort of work, you need training of course, and phlebotomy training is widely available in schools everywhere. You just need to be sure to choose a school which is approved by the Department of Public Health, or your diploma won’t be worth much, when it is time to send out applications. You should expect to spend between 2 and 4 years on your studies, depending on what level of education you wish to achieve. The shortest programs only teach you the basics, which means that there are some procedures you will not be certified to perform in a job situation. This could limit your chances of getting the job you want – and where you want – so if you have the possibility, take the full 4 years and reach the highest level of skill offered.
What you will learn, is a mixture of theory and practice, including anatomy, clinical hygiene, using computers and lab equipment – and of course the techniques used to perform the actual phlebotomies. At the basic level, you may do skin punctures only, while the higher levels allow you to do punctures and samples from the veins and arteries of patients. This work is riskier, so it takes longer to train yourself for it. You can expect to earn around 63,000 USD, if you are a newly educated phlebotomist.