The Profession

phleb-lab-draw-samplePhlebotomists are health care professionals who have been trained to collect patient’s blood specimens by venipuncture and by microcollection techniques. The practice of phlebotomy generally refers to the collection of blood from a vein. Phlebotomists usually work under the supervision of medical technologists, laboratory managers, or nurses. Phlebotomists play an important role on the clinical team by collecting clinical laboratory specimens prior to the actual laboratory testing.

Phlebotomists must like challenge and responsibility. They must also be accurate, work well under pressure, and communicate effectively. Because the phlebotomists work directly with the patient, he or she must also act as the “eyes and ears” of the doctors, nurses, and laboratory professionals. The phlebotomist must notice and relay any important information gathered during interaction with patients. Phlebotomists must set high standards for themselves, and must be deeply committed to quality health care delivery.

Phlebotomists may work in various clinical settings including hospitals, clinics, public health, and private laboratories. The starting salary for phlebotomists in Arkansas is approximately $18,000-22,000 annually. The national median is $24,000. Higher salaries are available for working evening or night shifts.