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Phlebotomist Job Description

A phlebotomist is a person whose job is to draw blood for diagnostic tests or to remove blood for treatment purposes. Phlebotomists are trained in most types of blood withdrawal procedures including venipuncture (the drawing of blood from veins) and fingerstick withdrawal (the drawing of blood by pricking the tip of finger).

Phlebotomy is an entry-level medical career. It can help someone decide whether a medical career is right for them, as jobs in the field will offer the opportunity to work with sick patients and understand what it really means to care for the sick.

What does a Phlebotomist do?

Phlebotomists may do some or all of the following:

Working Conditions

Phlebotomists may work normal office hours or rotating shifts including evenings and weekends. They work in laboratories, clinics, and hospitals.

What is Required to Become a Phlebotomist?

To become a phlebotomist, you will need to complete a phlebotomy or clinical laboratory technology program in a health school.

Phlebotomy training is a short-term program, usually less than one year, from where one will learn the basic skills needed to practice phlebotomy.

The career progression for a phlebotomist could be:

Laboratory assistant/phlebotomist à medical laboratory technician à medical laboratory scientist

Knowledge, Skills and Attributes

Phlebotomists need to have:


Alternative Careers

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