Importance of Science Laboratory Technology And What They Do

SLT is one of the hottest courses in the Polytechnic especially in the school of science. And this is why I want to discuss the importance of Science Laboratory Technology and what they do for all candidates aspiring to study the course.

I know that the reason why you are reading this article is to gather enough knowledge about the course and even to know the career path. Don’t fret; I will give you all you need to make an informed decision.

The Units that makeup Science Laboratory Technology in all polytechnics are Chemistry, Physics, and Biology.

This course can also be studied at the university and there are some universities in Nigeria offering SLT.

Please don’t confuse this course with Medical Laboratory Science. In Nigeria, a person that graduates with a degree or diploma in SLT is not allowed to work in medical lab i.e. They can’t work in the clinical laboratory-like hospital or private laboratory where they carry out a variety of test

So after your graduation, your area of specialization includes:

  • Applied Biology and Microbiology
  • Applied Chemistry and Biochemistry
  • Physics and Electronics

Importance of Science Laboratory Technology

Science laboratory technicians are involved in the roles listed below

  • Standardization of Science Laboratories for teaching, research, and services.
  • Laboratory Personnel Capacity Building.
  • Laboratory Administration and Management.
  • Laboratory Equipment Management and Maintenance.
  • Laboratory Inspection, Accreditation and Certification.
  • Laboratory Building and Infrastructure Design.
  • Laboratory Chemical and Reagents standardization and certification.
  • Development of Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) for Science Equipment and Procedures.
  • Development of Science and Technology Education Teaching Aids.
  • Research into the production, standardization, and use of laboratory chemicals and reagents
  • Maintains contact with Overseas Science Equipment Manufacturers and also maintain a database of such.
  • Operate and maintain standard science laboratory practice for secondary school pupils training in Physics, Chemistry, and Biology
  • Consultancies on science laboratory development, equipment procurement, projects, and laboratory services
  • Laboratory Equipment Design and Fabrication

What SLT Can Do

Science Laboratory Technician can work in

  • Environmental health institution where they may involve in food analysis to protect public health or water industry where they can be involved in water analysis.
  • Secondary school and the tertiary institution as science teachers or help in biology or chemistry laboratories as a technologist.
  • Establish research laboratories for food and water analysis for public health protection.

Some of the career options you can choose from are Pathologist, Biological Technician, Chemical Technician, Laboratory Technician, etc.

Read: Difference between Microbiology and Science Laboratory Technology

Salary of Science Laboratory Technology in Nigeria

The salary varies depending on where you are working. If you are working with the Federal Government or State Government, your salary will differ however, you will start from level 8. This means you will be collecting remuneration that is due to a level 8 staff.

In summary, there is no clear cut on the average salary but you can have it at the back of your mind that wherever you may likely to work, your salary will be more than N60,000

Bolarinwa Olajire

A tutor with a demonstrated history of working in the education industry. Skilled in analytical skills. Strong education professional with a M. SC focused in condensed matter. You can follow me on Twitter by clicking on the icon below to ask questions.


  1. I’m grateful for this post as I’ve been able to differentiate between SLT and MLT and I’ve chosen wisely as to which to choose. Thanks a lot Sir,I’m coming to meet you at Mapoly

  2. I am feeling discouraged with this post , how does SLT relate with teaching, so that means SLT is not a hot course as I thought

  3. Don’t be discouraged. There are labs in polytechnics and universities. Also my post doesn’t suggest school only.

  4. What course can I go for when doing my postgraduate, I studied slt physics option

  5. Pls sir , can an slt(microbiology) student go for med lab?? If yes, at what level will he/she start with???

  6. Sir am going for SLT does it mean that we don’t work in lab
    And MLS is a good course than SLT
    Am discouraged, I thought it’s one of the hottest course
    Not until I searched and is not of the best course to study in Nigeria

  7. I also thought the same but now confuse
    Please what is SLT biochemistry tech all about

  8. Ahhhh SLT is underrated ooo
    That course is not what I thought is
    Am discouraged here
    Slt can’t work in health clearly stated

  9. A person who is a graduate in slt biotechnology, can converted to mlt during masters program? If yes,what are the procedure?

  10. I also thought the same but now confuse
    Please what is SLT biochemistry tech all about

  11. Pls I just finished my ND program in SLT. Can I go for food technology either in polytechnic or university sir

  12. So an slt student can’t work in a hospital so which course can one study in polytechnic that will be able to work in hospital

  13. Sorry Sir, can I get admission to study Pharcy after studying SLT in polytechnic? Please I want to understand Sir, thank you!

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