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Phlebotomist in lab. Image source the US Department of Defense

Imagine a career where you are a critical member of a medical team that is literally saving lives every day. If you think that career would require years of schooling and thousands of dollars of tuition, think again. You can become one of the unsung heroes of healthcare in less than a year by training as a phlebotomist.


Although the name might be unfamiliar, you’ve probably had firsthand experience with the work phlebotomists do. They are the folks who draw blood and handle specimens for blood banks, diagnostic testing, and medical procedures. They work in a variety of healthcare settings, including hospitals, clinics, laboratories, and blood donation centers.

Working as a phlebotomist is a fast-paced job where each day can bring new challenges. In a single shift, you might find yourself collecting samples to identify a compatible organ donor for a transplant patient, delivering blood for an emergency transfusion, labeling specimens, updating records, and calming nervous patients as you draw blood for routine testing. 

Phlebotomy is not for the faint of heart – if just thinking about blood makes you a little queasy, we gently suggest you check out some of the other great careers featured on our website. However, it can be a great career option for those who possess precision, stamina, and excellent communication skills, along with a healthy dose of compassion and patience. 

Becoming a phlebotomist requires a high school diploma (or equivalent) plus a few months to one year of training, with programs offered by several community colleges and employment opportunity centers throughout New York State. Many schools offer assistance in preparing for the professional certification exam and matching students with opportunities to gain hands-on experience in clinical settings.


Did you know?

Phlebotomy is a “bright outlook” career that is poised for growth in the coming decade, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Demand for medical services, including blood testing, will continue to increase as the U.S. population grows and the proportion of older people rises. But don’t take our word for it. January is Blood Donor Month, it's the perfect opportunity to meet a working phlebotomist while donating a pint to your local blood bank. Learn more about blood donation and find a blood drive near you on the American Red Cross website.


QUICK FACTS about Jobs and Careers in Phlebotomy

Programs at NYS Community Colleges

  • Projected job growth in New York State, 2020-2030: 30%

  • Projected annual job openings in New York State, 2020-2030: 1,040

  • Annual median salary, New York State, 2022: $45,430

Source: O*NET Online


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