It’s now August 2023. We’re winding down from the pandemic. It’s a good time to review the current state of the phlebotomy profession; it’s in a good state for entry level job seekers. The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) projects that employment of phlebotomists will grow 23% from 2020 to 2030, much faster than the average for all occupations. This growth is being driven by the increasing demand for healthcare services, as well as the aging population, which is more likely to require blood tests. This increase is demand is stronger than ever despite our post pandemic alert status.
The average pay for phlebotomists in Los Angeles County is $39,970 per year, or $19.22 per hour. This is slightly higher than the national average of $36,450 per year. However, we often hear from our students higher starting salaries for exceptional graduates. Phlebotomists in Los Angeles County also have access to good benefits, such as health insurance, paid vacation, and retirement plans.
The training and licensing requirements for phlebotomists are relatively easy to meet as compared to most other healthcare professions. Most phlebotomists complete a phlebotomy certification program, which typically takes about 12 weeks to complete, but our Phlebotomy program at RCI.edu can be completed in as little as 88 hours. Once they have completed their certification program, phlebotomists must pass a national exam in order to be licensed.
Here are some of the pros and cons of the phlebotomy profession:
- Good job growth outlook
- Relatively easy training and licensing requirements
- Good pay and benefits
- Flexible work hours
- Opportunities for advancement
- The work can be physically demanding
- There is a risk of exposure to bloodborne pathogens
- The work can be emotionally draining
- There is a higher than average turnover rate in the profession
Overall, the phlebotomy profession is a good option for those who are looking for a rewarding career in healthcare. The job outlook is good, the pay and benefits are competitive, and the training and licensing requirements are relatively easy to meet. If you are considering a career in phlebotomy, I encourage you to do your research and talk to some phlebotomists to get a better sense of the profession. We are here to help!