|Quick Facts: Phlebotomists|
$37,380 per year
$17.97 per hour
|Postsecondary nondegree award|
|10% (Faster than average)|
Phlebotomists draw blood for tests, transfusions, research, or blood donations.
Phlebotomists are employed in a variety of settings, including hospitals, medical and diagnostic laboratories, blood donor centers, and doctors’ offices.
Phlebotomists typically enter the occupation with a certificate from a postsecondary phlebotomy program, but some qualify with a high school diploma and on-the-job training. Employers may prefer to hire candidates who have earned professional certification.
The median annual wage for phlebotomists was $37,380 in May 2021.
Employment of phlebotomists is projected to grow 10 percent from 2021 to 2031, faster than the average for all occupations.
About 21,500 openings for phlebotomists are projected each year, on average, over the decade. Many of those openings are expected to result from the need to replace workers who transfer to different occupations or exit the labor force, such as to retire.
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