What Is a Phlebotomist?
A phlebotomist is a person who is specially trained to draw blood. The blood can be drawn for various purposes – usually for transfusion or lab testing. While doctors and nurses are trained to be phlebotomists, with the rapidly growing health care sector it is more efficient to have a person who is specifically trained to complete this task.
Phlebotomists can work in hospitals or health centres, or they can travel between clinics and nursing homes to draw blood samples when needed. The average U.S. salary for this profession in 2008 was $26,297.
Generally, to become a phlebotomist you will need a high school diploma, plus six to twelve weeks of training on blood drawing techniques and procedures. Alternatively, a one-year anatomy course that includes phlebotomy would be accepted, and may provide for further job opportunities down the road in other areas.