Career Path

Many people spend their adult lives working as phlebotomists happily established in familiar medical settings. They enjoy the job security that many hospitals and laboratories provide and they welcome the challenges of dealing with new patients every day. Some phlebotomists become supervisors or instructors, sharing with others the knowledge they have acquired. Other people have found that phlebotomist jobs can be great stepping stones for pursuing careers in many other health-related areas.

Some phlebotomists continue their education and go on to become nurses, practitioners, doctors, or specialized medical technicians, branching out into a field that is of special interest to them. Others pursue a path of hospital or medical center administration.

Another set of people may decide to take phlebotomy training to supplement their job skills in doctors' offices or clinics. They may be employed by organizations that are not large enough to need a full-time phlebotomist, but that do need someone who is certified in phlebotomy on an occasional basis.

There is no question that a career in phlebotomy can be exciting and rewarding on many different levels. You never know what patients will be walking in the door. In nearly all cases, you have the opportunity to help someone get through an experience that is stressful at the least and downright terrifying at the worst. You have a chance to make a small connection and a big difference in someone's life on any given day.

Finally, if job security is an important factor in deciding on a career, certainly healthcare in general and phlebotomy in particular are excellent choices. The need for qualified phlebotomists will continue to grow as more tests are developed to detect and diagnose diseases, as more and more companies adopt drug testing procedures, and as the need for blood donations will always exist.