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Phlebotomists in California

May also be called: Certified Phlebotomy Technicians; Donor Phlebotomy Technicians; Limited Phlebotomy Technicians

What Would I Do?

Phlebotomists collect blood samples and units for laboratory tests, transfusions, donations, or research.

Working conditions vary with the size and type of employment setting. Medical centers, hospitals, and blood centers are generally well lighted, temperature-controlled, and clean. Those working for hospitals and medical centers generally work a 40-hour week. Some blood centers have limited hours and employ Phlebotomists on a part-time basis.

Will This Job Fit Me?

The job of Phlebotomist will appeal to those who enjoy communicating with and assisting others. Those who are caring and kind, and who are good at recognizing problems and remembering details, might like this type of work.

What Wages and Benefits Can I Expect?

The median wage in 2021 for Phlebotomists in California is $47,620 annually, or $22.89 hourly. The median is the point at which half of the workers earn more and half earn less.

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Employers may provide health and life insurance, sick leave, vacation, and retirement plans.

What is the Job Outlook?

Demand for Phlebotomists will remain high as doctors and other healthcare professionals require blood work for analysis and diagnoses. In addition, the need for these workers is expected to increase over the next decade due to the rapidly growing older population and the resulting demand for testing that requires blood specimens.

How Do I Qualify?

The minimum requirements to become a Phlebotomist include earnng a high school diploma or general equivalency diploma, reaching 18 years of age, and completing a 40 hour state-approved trainining program to pass the certification exam necessary to work in hospitals, medical centers, or laboratories. Phlebotomists who work for licensed blood centers or banks can be trained in house by their employer.

Finding a Job

Direct application to employers remains one of the most effective job search methods. Hospitals advertise openings in newspaper classified ads, Internet job listings, and some also recruit through private employment agencies. Job seekers can apply directly to hospital or blood center personnel departments throughout California.  Online job opening systems include JobCentral at and CalJOBSSM at

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