No matter what area of phlebotomy you specialize in, you will find that it’s a highly regarded field and there are many phlebotomist employment options. Most of these exist in hospitals, either in the lab doing blood work and working other bodily fluids to check for disease or in the blood bank where people come to donate blood.
Depending on what area of phlebotomy you specialize in and in which state you work, you can expect to earn between $20,000 and $40,000 on average each year. The higher on the experience scale you are, the more you will earn. If you have been a phlebotomist for 20 years or more, you will most likely be earning about $40,000 a year or more.
There are many kinds of employment in phlebotomy. You could take up a full time job that requires you to work 40 hours a week. This means that you are in the hospital all day, 5 days a week. The advantage of this option is that you are much more exposed to the hospital environment, and if you are looking to get into the medical career, this has its advantages; you are able to almost fully absorb a hospital environment, you can volunteer in different sections and start learning so that when you eventually get into medical school, you will have the benefit of experience with you.
You can also become a part time phlebotomist. This means that you work for shorter hours. The thing with this, though, is that the intensity of work in no less than that of a full time phlebotomist. You will still be required to do as much but in less time, so your interaction with the rest of the hospital may be limited. Your salary will not reduce because of working fewer hours. You have the advantage of working another job or going to school when you are not working at the hospital.
You can also take the option of a mobile phlebotomist who travels to homes and public places to draw blood. This is good if you don’t enjoy the cooped-up feeling of being in a hospital all the time. Again, your salary will still remain the same as that of a full time phlebotomist with this option.
In order to get into any if these 3 areas of employment, you need to do the required phlebotomy training and get the necessary licences. Get nationwide accepted accreditation and as much as possible, get it from a well recognized training institution.
Your success with phlebotomy employment will be determined by how skilled you are and how well you handle patients, so no matter your choice of employment, aim to make sure that you develop the required skill set.