Phlebotomist: Medicine and Health Care Support

1473 words 6 pages
April L. Rosser
Ivy Tech Community College

Phlebotomist I have always wanted to work in health care and help people but I did not want to be a nurse or directly involved in individualized health plans. I wanted to work behind the scenes. I became a CPhT and went to work right away at my local hospital. Life was wonderful! I was helping sick people feel better and doing something worthwhile that came along with the means to help support my family comfortably. Then that dreadful day came, and I was laid off due to budget cuts. I decided I needed more education and that I could still have a career in health care. I only needed to find what was right for me. I wanted a career that would not be cut. I knew that this would
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As a CPT I will open doors for advancement in my career to continue my schooling and earn additional accreditation as a MLS or a MLT with a Bachelor’s Degree, or maybe even a PA! Without going back to a college or university I still have opportunity with professional advancement a CPT supervisor, shift leader, and adding other certifications; for example, becoming certified to administer and determine the results of TB test.
Finishing school and becoming a CPT all sounds wonderful! But will I find employment? What salary should I expect? These are questions that anyone finishing school needs to ask and research. According to United States Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics,, (2012) “the median annual wage of medical laboratory technicians was $36,280 in May 2010. The lowest 10 percent earned more than $24,210, and the highest 10 percent earned more than $56,040.”
The median annual wages in selected industries employing medical laboratory technicians in May 2010 were as follows: Federal government | $40,180 | Hospitals; state, local, and private | 37,130 | Offices of physicians | 35,790 | Medical and diagnostic laboratories | 34,280 |

The Bureau of Labor Statistics also state, “employment of medical laboratory technicians is expected to grow by 15 percent between 2010 and 2020, about as fast


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