In today's difficult economy, almost any job in the healthcare field is going to help an individual become somewhat recession-proof. By getting a phlebotomist certification, one can open up a number of different environments in which to earn a living. By obtaining a phlebotomist certification, you will learn how to draw blood from an individual's vein in the best, safest, most efficient method - and as painlessly as possible.
To obtain a phlebotomist certification, your training will entail you learning how to identify which vein is the most likely for an easy blood draw. Then you will have to make the vein protrude by binding under it, usually with a band of some sort. Often the band is latex; however, many people are on "latex precautions", so you will have to become aware of
that first. Once the vein is identified and ready, after using sterile precautions, you will place the needle in the vein and let the blood flow into the number of vials you have been instructed for a particular patient.
There are many different places where you can work once you have obtained a phlebotomist certification. One of the main places is in a hospital setting. This gives you a choice of day or night hours, as in a hospital, blood often needs to be drawn around the clock. That would mean that you could choose your shift according to what is available when you apply. Phlebotomists are also used in labs located outside of hospitals. These jobs might be in the independent labs that doctors refer patients to, or in a doctor's office itself.