Harper College

Careers in Phlebotomy

Career Definition

Phlebotomists are trained to draw blood samples from people of all ages by venipuncture, skin puncture, or arterial collection, as needed for medical tests and blood donations. In the practice of phlebotomy, safety precautions must be taken to prevent the transmission of infectious diseases. Phlebotomists are instructed to adhere to strict policies and procedures accurately and efficiently while treating the patient with care.

Opportunities for Employment

Employment of clinical laboratory workers is expected to grow by 14 percent through 2018, faster than the average for all occupations. Although hospitals are expected to continue to be the major employer of clinical laboratory workers, employment is expected to grow rapidly in medical and diagnostic laboratories, physicians’ offices and all other ambulatory health care services. For a complete overview of all related positions and job market and salary trends, please see:

Opportunities for Advancement

With additional education and experience, phlebotomists can transition into other medical laboratory technical positions. Some may move into related fields, such as medical assistant. Additionally, individuals in a nursing or allied health career may cross-train to become proficient in phlebotomy through completion of this program.

Helpful Academic Skills or Experiences

Biology, anatomy and physiology, chemistry, algebra, first aid, CPR, medical terminology courses in communications and introduction to health careers.

Phlebotomy Professional Organizations

Phlebotomy Job Market Outlook

Phlebotomy Career Profiles

For more information about phlebotomy training at Harper College, please contact Admissions Outreach at 847.925.6700 or fill out our request information form.

Last Updated: 4/8/24