A phlebotomist is a person who draws blood in a hospital, clinic or research lab setting. They may also work in blood donation centers.
If you’ve ever given blood at a blood drive, or if your doctor ordered a blood test during a check-up, the person who poked a needle into your arm and extracted blood into a tube is most often a certified or licensed phlebotomist.
Phlebotomists tend to work in fast-paced settings where there is occasionally some pressure to meet the needs of large numbers of patients. However, phlebotomy training emphasizes careful attention to detail, and taking time and care to complete each procedure properly.