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After Studying SLT, What Next? Careers, Salary, etc.

To date, Science Laboratory Technology (SLT) is one of the top sought-after science courses in universities and polytechnics.

In fact, in polytechnics, the course tops the list any day.

However, some admission seekers remain inquisitive about the future of this course. Some had mistaken it for a course they can do in polytechnics which will help them cross to Nursing in university.

Some have released that after their brothers and sisters were done with the course, they had nowhere to turn. Rather they end up teaching in primary schools or helping out local gas or POS shops.

Is anything wrong with Science Laboratory Technology (SLT)? And if not, what is the real potential of studying this course?

In this post, I will be answering your questions and provide direct answers to questions such:

  1. What is the work of SLT students?
  2. Is SLT a good course to study in Nigeria?
  3. What is the work of SLT in hospitals?
  4. Is SLT a professional course?
  5. SLT salary in Nigeria
  6. SLT job opportunities in Nigeria
  7. Can SLT graduates work at NNPC?

Background of Science Laboratory Technology (SLT) 

Science Laboratory Technology (SLT) is a field of study that involves the application of scientific principles and techniques in the analysis of materials and samples. SLT professionals are typically involved in conducting scientific experiments, analyzing samples, and interpreting results.

It's easy to fall victim to believing that when you're done with National Diploma in SLT, you should be engaged with that certificate. Well, the bad news is that it's hard to a befitting position if all you have is OND. 

Even if you're employed with that, you'll be paid a ridiculously lower salary. Hence, you should consider possessing Higher National Diploma or Bachelor's Degree in SLT before you can be hopeful for something more promising.

After BSC or HND an SLT program, graduates can find employment in a variety of settings, including research laboratories, healthcare facilities, educational institutions, and government agencies. Some common job titles for SLT professionals include laboratory technologist, research assistant, quality control analyst, and medical laboratory technician.

Positions To Be Expected After Your Studies

  1. In the healthcare sector, SLT professionals may find employment as medical laboratory technologists, where they can perform laboratory tests to aid in the diagnosis and treatment of diseases. They may also work in pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies, where they can be involved in the development and quality control of drugs and medical products.
  2. In the education sector, SLT professionals can work as laboratory technicians or technologists in universities and research institutes, where they can assist in research projects and provide support to faculty members and students.
  3. Furthermore, the Nigerian government has recognized the importance of the SLT profession and has been investing in the development of laboratory infrastructure and services. This has created new opportunities for SLT professionals to work in government agencies responsible for regulating and monitoring industries such as agriculture, environmental management, and food safety.
  4. In the healthcare sector, there is a high demand for medical laboratory technicians and technologists in hospitals, diagnostic centers, and research institutions. 
  5. There are also opportunities for SLT professionals to work in government agencies, such as the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) and the National Institute for Pharmaceutical Research and Development (NIPRD).
  6. The agricultural sector also offers employment opportunities for SLT professionals, particularly in crop and soil science research, agricultural extension services, and food and beverage processing industries. 
  7. The oil and gas industry (e.g. Shells, NNPC) also requires SLT professionals for quality control and assurance, environmental monitoring, and research and development.

To Stand Out After Graduation

The competition for jobs may be high, and SLT professionals may need to obtain additional certifications and specialized training to stand out in the job market.

You can become a member of any f these bodies to have an edge over your counterparts.

  1. Association of Medical Laboratory Scientists of Nigeria (AMLSN)
  2. Institute of Science Laboratory Technology (ISLT)
  3. Nigeria Society of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (NSBMB)
  4. Chemical Society of Nigeria (CSN)
  5. Nigerian Institute of Medical Research (NIMR)
  6. Your Earning Potential As a Graduate of SLT

Salary Potential of a Graduate of Science Laboratory Laboratory (SLT)

The salary of Science Laboratory Technology (SLT) professionals in Nigeria can vary depending on various factors such as experience, level of education, type of industry, and location of the job. In general, the salary range for SLT professionals in Nigeria is between ₦80,000 to ₦300,000 per month (approximately $195 to $730 USD).

The entry-level salary for SLT professionals in Nigeria is typically around ₦80,000 to ₦120,000 per month (approximately $195 to $290 USD).

Those with several years of experience and higher levels of education may earn salaries between ₦150,000 to ₦300,000 per month (approximately $365 to $730 USD).

Similarly, salaries in the oil and gas industry can be significantly higher, with entry-level positions starting at around N250,000 ($625 USD) per month and experienced professionals earning upwards of N1,500,000 ($3,750 USD) per month or more.


I want to believe that this post is rich enough to feed you with answers to your main question and similar ones.

SLT (Medical Laboratory Science) is a challenging and rewarding course that can lead to a fulfilling career in healthcare. Graduates of SLT programs are in high demand in hospitals, diagnostic laboratories, research institutions, and other healthcare settings.

Finally, SLT graduates can pursue further education and training to become specialists in areas such as hematology, immunology, microbiology, and clinical chemistry, which can lead to even more rewarding careers.

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  1. Hi sir
    Between Slt,Information management and Microbiology,which is more better

  2. Is Lautech a good uni

  3. Please sir is mathematics compulsory for slt

  4. Please sir is mathematics compulsory to study slt


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