Phlebotomists are clinical lab technicians responsible for blood sample collection. They work in hospitals, clinics and physician's offices, and as traveling health care workers. The hours worked might be somewhat irregular, including rotating shifts.
Clinical lab workers are in a growing field. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), a 14 percent growth in jobs is anticipated through 2018. In 2008, there were 155,600 clinical lab techs working in the U.S.
According to job listing data from Indeed, salaries for phlebotomists in Florida are 4 percent lower than in other states. The average annual salary according to this job site was $32,000 in 2010.
According to Payscale, the average hourly wage for Florida phlebotomists was from $10.29 to $13.57 in 2010. According to BLS 2008 statistics, phlebotomists working in a hospital or private clinic made $12.50 an hour, compared to those working in a physician's office or a lab, who made $13 an hour.
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