Americans typically work well into their 60s, so it's important to find a career that's fulfilling. One way to achieve that is to find a job with a low stress level and good work-life balance. Phlebotomists offer such a career and they also earn a salary that's higher than many other clinical health care jobs, including endoscopy technicians and psychiatric technicians.
The minimum requirement for becoming a phlebotomist is graduating high school or earning a GED certificate. Then, students can enroll in a phlebotomy program at technical and vocational schools, community colleges, and other educational institutions. These programs normally last less than a year and provide the skills needed to get a job as a phlebotomist.
After graduation, students can find a job at hospitals, blood donation centers, and other medical facilities. Some phlebotomists can even find positions in the military. In fact, many phlebotomists in the military are trained on-the-job and receive training benefits from their military branch.
A phlebotomist's job is to draw blood from a patient and send it for testing at the laboratory. They are usually supervised by a lab technician or other health care professional. Some phlebotomists specialize in certain types of testing, while others draw blood for a variety of reasons. Some phlebotomists also help patients overcome their fears of needles. They can teach them to look away or to talk to someone to distract them from the procedure. They can also use a smaller needle or offer other tips that will make the experience easier.