Alabama Department of Labor

Labor Market Information Division
SOC: 31-9097 Phlebotomists
Draw blood for tests, transfusions, donations, or research. May explain the procedure to patients and assist in the recovery of patients with adverse reactions.
Education: Most occupations in this zone require training in vocational schools, related on-the-job experience, or an associate's degree.
OJT: Employees in these occupations usually need one or two years of training involving both on-the-job experience and informal training with experienced workers. A recognized apprenticeship program may be associated with these occupations.
Tasks: Match laboratory requisition forms to specimen tubes. Dispose of contaminated sharps, in accordance with applicable laws, standards, and policies. Draw blood from veins by vacuum tube, syringe, or butterfly venipuncture methods. Dispose of blood or other biohazard fluids or tissue, in accordance with applicable laws, standards, or policies. Draw blood from capillaries by dermal puncture, such as heel or finger stick methods. Enter patient, specimen, insurance, or billing information into computer. Organize or clean blood-drawing trays, ensuring that all instruments are sterile and all needles, syringes, or related items are of first-time use. Collect fluid or tissue samples, using appropriate collection procedures. Collect specimens at specific time intervals for tests, such as those assessing therapeutic drug levels. Transport specimens or fluid samples from collection sites to laboratories. Process blood or other fluid samples for further analysis by other medical professionals. Provide sample analysis results to physicians to assist diagnosis. Document route of specimens from collection to laboratory analysis and diagnosis. Explain fluid or tissue collection procedures to patients. Conduct standards tests, such as blood alcohol, blood culture, oral glucose tolerance, glucose screening, blood smears, or peak and trough drug levels tests. Train other medical personnel in phlebotomy or laboratory techniques.
License: License not required.
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Alabama Wage Data
Hourly Wage   Annual Wage
Entry $11.27   Entry $23,432.00
Mean $14.69   Mean $30,541.00
Experience $16.40 Experience $34,096.00

The data is based on the May 2017 Occupation Employment Survey employment and wage estimate file. The wages have been aged using the most current ECI factors reflecting wages as of June 2018.

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