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Phlebotomists are professionals who draw blood from patients and collect a variety of other specimen samples, as well as label blood and specimen vials. They are responsible for bringing all blood and specimen samples to a laboratory – either in the hospital or to a local lab in the area – where the samples will be checked for health issues. Phlebotomists can work in all kinds of medical facilities, from hospitals to private laboratories.

Important Qualities

Detail-orientated: Must practice proper patient identification, especially when working on hospital floors, and be able to decipher the best method for drawing blood depending on the specific patient. Must be able to practice infection control standards at all times when working with patients and equipment. Phlebotomists must also be able to record and label blood samples accurately when sending to laboratories.

Interpersonal skills: Phlebotomists interact with a range of patients of all ages, therefore need to be friendly, courteous and sympathetic when working with patients.

Organizational skills: Phlebotomists must have excellent organizational skills. They should have the correct tools in place when treating patients.

Course Length:

  • Career-Readiness Training: 1 week
  • Pre-Training: 1 week
  • Phlebotomist Course Training: 11 weeks (2.75 months)
  • Total Training Length: 13 weeks (3 months)

Potential Starting Wage: $11 to $13 per hour

Average Total Number Employed^: 337

Average Number of Openings Each Year^: 228

^Wage and employment estimates for the Metropolitan Statistical Areas (MSA), was accessed using the Oklahoma Wage Network (OWN) and the Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Employment Statistics, [April 26, 2015] [].

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This document was supported by Grant 90FX0045-01-01 from the Administration for Children and Families, U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS). Its contents are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official views of HHS. HPOG is a study funded by the federal government which is being conducted to determine how these training opportunities help improve their skills and find better jobs. During the study, all new eligible applicants will be selected by lottery to participate in these training opportunities. Not all eligible applicants will be selected to participate in these opportunities. Learn more about HPOG.