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Where do phlebotomists work?

Most phlebotomists work in one of three job settings: in a hospital, in a doctor's office, and in a medical laboratory. All three job locations offer phlebotomists clean and comfortable work environments, often with convenient perks that make this an attractive medical career.

Most phlebotomists work in hospitals, usually based in a hospital's medical laboratory. In many cases, phlebotomists work in shift rotations, responding to requests from doctors and nurses who need blood samples taken from patients. Phlebotomist jobs in hospitals often offer flexible shifts that meet patient and staff demand. Therefore, many working parents find that hospital jobs offer strong work/life balance.

Some phlebotomists work in doctor's offices, especially in larger practices where more than one physician routinely requires blood samples. A growing number of private practices rely on specialized medical technicians, including phlebotomists, to help streamline tasks so doctors can stay focuses on critical duties. Phlebotomists in private practices often handle other duties, such as office tasks, during lab downtime.

In many cities, phlebotomists work at independent medical labs. Some labs are affiliated with regional hospitals or health care providers, offering convenient local access to sophisticated medical tests. Some labs are owned and operated by insurance carriers who use in-house tests to reduce health care costs. In both cases, patients enjoy quick service by phlebotomists and other lab technicians who can draw blood samples without the need for a lengthy visit to a doctor's office.

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