If you have ever donated blood or needed blood testing, it was probably a phlebotomist who took the blood sample. Phlebotomists are medical technicians whose primary task is to prepare patients for the sometimes nerve-wracking experience of blood testing and then take the blood sample as painlessly as possible. Some phlebotomists are also involved in the actual preparation and testing of blood samples. No college degree is needed to work in this field, but you do need training and some states require a license to practice phlebotomy. Ability to interact well with patients is very helpful.

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