? A phlebotomist is a professional trained and qualified to draw blood safely and in a sanitary manner for medical testing or transfusion. Blood is our life and unhygienic practices of drawing it out may render us susceptible to life-threatening infections and diseases. Phlebotomists play a very integral role in the maintenance health by assisting in the processing of blood and other specimens. That alone is a great reason to become a phlebotomist. As we all may know, our blood holds secrets about our bodies and doctors are dependent on what our blood will tell them to really know whats going on in our body. Although many parts of our bodies can also be useful for diagnostic purposes, it is our blood that tells all. From simple bacterial infections to grave ones like HIV, our blood knows more about what goes on inside our bodies than we ever will. You may ask why a nurse or a doctor cant draw our blood. Surely they are trained to do that. Why do we need a phlebotomist to do it for us? Its true that most medical professionals like doctors, nurses and medical technologists are trained to draw blood safely but due to the rising demand for medical care, they simply are swamped with other life-saving tasks and thats why many hospitals employ phlebotomists to get this job done quickly. Looking for a medical career but dont have the time to go to nursing or medical school? The steps to take to become a phlebotomist is relatively easy as it only requires a few months of training and as long as there are hospitals and medical facilities, you will always be assured of a job. Once you earn your Phlebotomy Technician Certificate (in about six weeks to a few months depending on the state you are in), youre good to go. Some people actually take up phlebotomy as a stepping stone into the medical industry as it is hard to dive into any industry if youre unsure of what you want to do. I have personally met doctors and nurses who started off as phlebotomists and they told me that their initial exposure (as phlebotomists) in the industry is what fuelled their desires to take it a step further. There are more than a thousand reasons why you should become a phlebotomist. You may be surprised how rewarding a career in the medical field is. If you are bold, unafraid of blood and needles and in the market for a job you can keep for the next five to ten years then what are you waiting for? Just contact the nearest office of the American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP), American Medical Technologists (AMT) and the American Society for Phlebotomy Technicians (ASPT) for more information about the Certified Phlebotomy Technician (CPT) or Registered Phlebotomy Technician (RPT). On your road to become a phlebotomist you will need to hurdle past training, examinations and certifications but in the long run it will surely be worth it. To learn more or to get started with your phlebotomist certification right away, visit BecomeaPhlebotomistNow.com and enter your Zip Code to find a training facility in your area.