Career Growth in Phlebotomy

Career Growth in Phlebotomy


There are certain ways to advance in a phlebotomy profession. Generally, phlebotomist and phlebotomy technicians work in government hospitals, private hospitals, blood donation centers, research institutes, clinics, health care centers, nursing homes etc. to name a few. Thus, it can be seen that the career prospects are high in the healthcare industry for phlebotomy technicians and phlebotomist. This article discusses about the career growth aspect in phlebotomy.

Ways to advance your phlebotomist career path

The following are the five ways of advancing the career as phlebotomy technicians as well as phlebotomist;

Obtain a specialty in phlebotomy

Getting a specialty in the phlebotomy field suggests the areas of collection of blood samples. Being a specialized phlebotomist helps to boost the career as well as earnings and professional qualification. However, it depends on the additional training as provided by the employer and completion of the same. Some of the specialization in phlebotomy as mentioned below;

  • Registered Phlebotomy Specialist
  • Donor Phlebotomy Technician
  • Collections Phlebotomy Specialist
  • Traveling Phlebotomist

Fulfill a managerial position

With time the growth in the career, you will gain ample of experiences in phlebotomy and this will help to apply for the positions like phlebotomy supervisor. However, it is to be noted that for this position a bachelor’s degree may also require. In this job profile, the salary will be increased and you will get a team to manage the fellow phlebotomists.

The management responsibilities are such as creation of working schedules for the employees, checking the blood labels and accuracy of the samples. As a manager, a phlebotomist may also need ensure smooth blood collection process and processing the same before the estimated deadline.

Transition to a registered nurse

Some professionals may work as a phlebotomist prior to pursuing a career as a nurse. Thus, being a phlebotomist it is a good opportunity to gain experience and interact with patients and also perform the medical procedures. A phlebotomist can fill the position of registered nurse considering the experience and having a bachelor’s degree in nursing.

After the graduation in nursing, the next step is to qualify the NCLEX-RN which is an exam conducted to provide authorization for nursing license and practice. Having the expertise in collection of blood along with the required credential of nursing will be helpful in the job search related to managerial positions.

Work in a medical laboratory

Apart from the managerial roles, another career option for phlebotomists is to work as medical laboratory technician. For this position, a professional certification and associate degree is required.  Generally, technicians collect blood samples and analyze them for determination of medical diagnosis. The determination of blood viability is also made for transfusion. The experience of drawing blood from patients in the hospitals as a phlebotomy technician can help the job for a medical laboratory technician.

Become a physician assistant

One of the most important career advances a phlebotomist can make is to work or practice under a physician. Physician’s assistance role has higher earning potential as that of a registered nurse. For this role as a physician’s assistant a Master’s degree from accredited university is required.

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