Who is working behind the scenes when it comes to COVID-19 testing?

Many people don’t realize the important roles played by our local clinical laboratory professionals. They are the phlebotomists, clinical lab assistants, medical lab techs and clinical laboratory scientists. Behind the scenes, they are the ones who provide valuable data to our doctors who make decisions regarding our health care.

During the past few months we have all been affected in some way by the COVID-19 pandemic. Many of you may be thinking of ways to help during this time of need but are not sure how to go about helping our people.

Not to worry, as there are many ways for you to give back to our community. One profession that comes to mind every time a crisis shows itself on Native lands is a clinical laboratory scientist. They are the ones who can provide diagnostic testing for viruses such as COVID-19 and H1N1.

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Becoming a laboratory professional does require you to go to school, whether it be a university or a technical school to earn a certificate or degree. Once that is acquired, you can work in one of the most helpful careers in the healthcare field. How much does a Clinical Laboratory professional make in Polacca, AZ?

For instance, an average Clinical Laboratory Scientist salary in Polacca, AZ is $64,745 as of April 27, 2020, but the salary range typically falls between $52,340 and $74,301. Salary ranges can vary widely depending on many important factors, including education, certifications, additional skills, and the number of years you have spent in your profession.

With more online, real-time compensation data than any other website, Salary.com helps you determine your exact pay target.

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Another important clinical laboratory professional is the phlebotomist. The average Phlebotomist salary in the United States is $34,814 as of April 27, 2020, but the range typically falls between $31,357 and $38,883. Salary ranges can vary widely depending on many important factors, including education, certifications, additional skills, the number of years you have spent in your profession.

For more information and/or resources on how to become a clinical laboratory professional, please contact The Hopi Times Staff