Alaska training & certification resources for phlebotomists

Alaska training & certification resources for phlebotomists
October 3, 2012 Phlebotomy Training Group

Alaska Employment Opportunities for Phlebotomists

Completing a training program makes it possible to qualify for employment with several types of Alaska companies.

In addition to hospitals and clinics, blood banks, government agencies, occupational medicine clinics, and nursing homes hire phlebotomists to collect blood samples and handle other types of specimens.

For phlebotomists seeking hospital employment, the state has more than 30 hospitals and health systems. They include:

  • Fairbanks Memorial Hospital
  • Alaska Regional Hospital
  • Providence Alaska Medical Center
  • Sitka Medical Center
  • Wrangell Medical Center
  • Juneau Recovery Hospital

Due to the small size of many of Alaska’s communities, the state has fewer blood banks than many other states. The largest is Blood Bank of Alaska, with locations in Anchorage, Fairbanks, Wasilla, and Soldotna. Fairbanks Community Blood Bank is another option for phlebotomists seeking employment after completing their training.

Anchorage, the capital city of Alaska

Anchorage, the capital city of Alaska

Anchorage is the largest city in the state and has a population of approximately 290,000. The median annual salary paid to phlebotomists in this city is $33,585. Fairbanks and Juneau are the second and third-largest cities in the state. Fairbanks has a median annual salary of $33,719 for phlebotomists; Juneau’s median annual salary is $34,017. Unlike other states, the salaries for phlebotomists in small towns aren’t much lower than the salaries for phlebotomists in the state’s largest cities. This is due to the great demand for trained allied health professional in rural communities.

Phlebotomists who complete professional training programs and obtain at least one related certification have more employment opportunities than inexperienced phlebotomists who do not possess any certifications. Possessing a certification may also impact a phlebotimist’s salary. Committing to a training program and achieving certification shows employers that you are committed to the profession and willing to work hard to achieve your goals. Some healthcare facilities now require phlebotomists to obtain professional certifications. This reduces the size of the hiring pool and makes it easier to compare candidates.

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