As a certified phlebotomist, you will always be employable. You will have a skill that is always in demand, regardless of economic cycles and unemployment statistics. However, you need to know how to find a phlebomist job and where those phlebotomy jobs might be found.
The institution with which you train for your phlebotomy certification will almost certainly have information about available phlebotomy jobs and will possibly offer you an advisor or instructor who can point you in the direction of available work, or even recommend you for a position. Also, you should consider networking with your fellow phlebotomy students, who may know about positions that are open in the area where you wish to work.
Phlebotomy jobs are available at a number of different institutions. Hospitals generally have a need for phlebotomists. While much of the work of obtaining blood samples and preparing IV drips will be performed by nurses with phlebotomy skills, phlebotomists are also needed to perform those jobs when nurses are not available. In addition, hospitals often have laboratories where blood is drawn and processed. These laboratories generally have one, and often more, phlebotomists working at all times to obtain samples.
Larger doctor’s offices will also have laboratories, often shared by several doctors in a practice. Phlebotomists are needed to draw blood in these laboratories, too. Finally, some cities have large laboratories that specialize in handling blood for those doctors who lack laboratories of their own. And specialized laboratories exist for performing drug testing on job applicants and employees. Blood banks also need phlebotomists to take blood donations.
Finally, mobile phlebotomists are often needed to perform work on location – during blood drives, for instance, or in emergency situations. Mobile phlebotomists can also go to the homes of housebound patients who need samples taken for testing.