The Draw of Phlebotomy

by Anna Johnson

May 4, 2017

Phlebotomists draw blood for tests, transfusions, donations, or research. A phlebotomist might also explain procedures and assist in the recovery of patients with adverse reactions.

Phlebotomy Education in Oregon

In Oregon, typical education required to enter the occupation is a short-term certificate obtained through a community college or private career school. In addition, while it is not required by the State of Oregon, many employers prefer candidates to hold a phlebotomy certification, which can be obtained upon examination by a number of agencies, including the American Society of Clinical Pathologists (ASCP). The phlebotomist certification exam leads to a designation as a Phlebotomy Technician.

Phlebotomist Wages

The average phlebotomy wage in Oregon is $17.45 per hour or $36,291 per year. Wages vary across the state of Oregon, with the Portland-metro area having the highest average annual wage ($37,206) and Eastern Oregon having the lowest average annual wage ($30,173).
Phlebotomists Employment in Oregon

Traditionally, jobs in health care have been fairly secure, even during the recession. Phlebotomy is no different. This occupation will continue to thrive as more tests are developed to diagnose illness and blood donations continue to be needed.
In 2014, 1,670 phlebotomists worked in Oregon. By 2024, 340 more phlebotomist jobs are projected to enter the market. Annually, these added jobs will be split between new growth openings and replacement openings. The 34 annual projected growth openings are new positions created to fill an increased demand for the occupation. The 35 annual projected replacement openings are job openings due to employees leaving jobs for reasons such as retirement. The Portland-metro area is expected to have the largest growth, with a projected 30 total annual openings from 2014 to 2024, split equally between growth and replacement openings. The slowest growth is projected to come from the Northwest Oregon area, with only two annual openings.

Phlebotomy Employment Highest in Hospitals and Surgery Centers

In Oregon, over 90 percent of phlebotomy employment occurs in the health care and social assistance industry. The phlebotomists employed in this industry are mostly found in general medical and surgical hospitals. Phlebotomists can also be found in medical and diagnostics laboratories and in the offices of physicians. Substance abuse clinics, psychiatry facilities, and scientific research centers are specialty areas where phlebotomy jobs are also present.

Phlebotomy Rewarding for the Patient-Focused Individual

While a person could enjoy a rich career as a phlebotomist, some eventually become supervisors or instructors. Other people have found that phlebotomist jobs are a stepping stone to administration jobs or a supplemental skill leading to other health-related employment areas, such as nursing.

There is no question that a successful phlebotomist must be ready to spend time with a wide variety of individuals in uncomfortable situations and let’s face it, be okay with the sight of blood. But the benefits to this career include never having the same day twice and the opportunity to calm folks in stressful situations, all while enjoying a rewarding job in health care.

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