Jobs & Employment
The average annual wage in this field is $33,259, with an earning potential of about $39,645 per year.*
Employers in Whatcom County expect this growth to be higher than that which is reflected in the WorkForce Explorer. Whatcom County is seen as a Regional healthcare center, and combined with the aging population, increased retirements, increasing lab work developed and available, and the expanded use of lab tests in pre-employment screening, labs have had to develop several locations to meet this need with expanded hours.
Once completed, students are allowed to apply for State licensure as a Health Care Assistant, Level A. Phlebotomy falls, is listed as “In Demand” with growth projections in Washington State through 2017 of 17.9%, according to the WorkForce Explorer.
Through additional courses and increased on-the-job skills training, the graduate is provided with a career pathway up to a Category F Health Care Assistant and Category G (hemodialysis technician). Most of the course content can also be applied to other jobs, such as a Medical Biller and/or Medical Coder, and into positions of Medical Office Supervisor.