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How to Become a Phlebotomist

At the center of much of modern medicine is human blood. Our blood contains information used to diagnose and treat many diseases. An array of procedures and treatments in hospitals require a blood sample, and all of these samples require someone to draw them. Phlebotomists are the experienced professionals who draw this blood. Making sure that blood draws go quickly and smoothly is the motivation for phlebotomy. It is so much more efficient for large facilities like hospitals to have one person with considerable skill in taking blood than for everyone to take some now and then. If nothing else, consider the tasks involved in safely withdrawing, testing, cataloging, and storing the thousands of samples that blood drives collect, and you can understand the need for phlebotomists.

Due to the variety of needs for blood collection, phlebotomists find work in all manner of medicine-related practices. They assist surgeons, general practitioners, and blood drives, and are active in nearly every other category of medical work. The Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that employment prospects for clinical laboratory technicians, a larger group of which phlebotomists are members, will grow substantially and continue to be promising in the coming years. They cite statistics putting the median hourly wages of phlebotomists at between $12.00 and $13.00 depending on their practice of choice.

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