Career Tracks: Phlebotomy Technician

Phlebotomy is a growing health care occupation.  The name "phlebotomist" or phlebotomy technician is used by a health care worker who has been trained to perform phlebotomy procedures.

The main responsibility of a phlebotomy technician is to collect blood for laboratory analysis.  This important job assists the physician in diagnosing and making decisions about care for a patient. 

A phlebotomy technician must possess manual skills to obtain blood specimens.  Communication skills are also necessary for working with patients and all other health care team members.  A phlebotomist must be able to work with accuracy under pressure and be a team player.


Graduates in this field may be required to do:

  • venipunctures
  • capillary punctures
  • computer data entry

Characteristics & Temperament

Graduates  in this field should have:

  • ability to work with accuracy under pressure
  • ability to be a "team player"
  • excellent communication skills

Working Conditions

Graduates in this field commonly experience:

  • work in hospitals, rehabilitation centers, schools, health care agencies, private practices, educational areas
  • work under direct supervision of physical therapist
  • develop plan of treatment for patients
  • assist in activities of treatment
  • work in cooperation with other people
  • work under stress to meet deadlines
  • overtime/shifts/weekend hours sometimes required

Physical Demands:

  • active (much walking, standing, moving around)
  • lifting (to 100+ lbs.)
  • stooping, kneeling and/or crawling
  • good manual skills

Characteristics & Temperament

Graduates in this field should have:

  • excellent communication skills, both written and spoken
  • ability to work well with a variety of people
  • ability to work with inanimate objects, setting up and maintaining equipment
  • compassion, honesty
  • flexibility: ability to change from task to task without losing composure or efficiency
  • attention to detail
  • ability to "catch on" quickly
  • ability to perform simple arithmetic functions quickly and accurately
  • good motor coordination: hand/eye coordination, accurate and swift movement, finger/manual dexterity
  • ability to make evaluations, generalizations, decisions
  • ability to see relationships
  • ability to follow verbal and written directions
  • self-discipline and self-motivation

Employment Outlook

Employment statistics for 2015 - 2017 PTC graduates, who found jobs in this field, are as follows:

  • salary average: $33,670.00 per year according to the US Department of Labor. You may view the most current Occupational Outlook statistics at:
  • 73% placement rate for the 2015 - 2017 graduates.
  • Employment can be found in hospital laboratories, nursing homes, medical offices and clinics, other laboratories, and blood banks.


Recent graduates have found work at:

Working under the supervision of a registered physical therapist, the physical therapist assistant is involved in patient treatment for various disabilities.  These include stroke, broken bones, strained muscles, etc. He or she works to prevent pain and disability, relieve pain and promote healing and rehabilitation.


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