Phlebotomists are allied health care professionals who draw blood from patients, ensure proper labeling for processing, enter patient information into databases and assemble and maintain medical instruments for the process, such as blood vials and needles.
Phlebotomists usually work in hospitals, laboratories and other medical environments to draw blood for tests, donations or transfusions. They must have exceptional patient care skills because an essential part of the job is calming the nervousness of patients and donors. Phlebotomists must be well organized because they’re responsible for labeling blood samples, assembling instruments such as needles and vials, and registering patient information into databases. The latest data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics in May 2012 has official government salary information on phlebotomists.