Louisiana

77 of 102 lower-income occupations licensed

43rd most burdensome licensing laws

6th most broadly and onerously licensed state

Louisiana licenses 77 of the 102 lower-income occupations studied here. Its laws are the 43rd most burdensome, requiring, on average, $360 in fees, 202 days of education and experience, and roughly two exams. Because Louisiana licenses so many of the occupations studied in this report—tying with Washington for the most occupations licensed—it ranks as the sixth most broadly and onerously licensed state.

Louisiana imposes burdens on some occupations that seem excessive compared to those for other occupations that may present greater risks to the public. For example, the barriers to opening a fire alarm or security alarm installation business in Louisiana are extremely high, even though not every state licenses them. Alarm installers must pay over $1,400 in fees, demonstrate more than five years (over 1,800 days) of education and experience, and pass four exams. EMTs meanwhile need only pay $110 in fees, complete 110 hours (roughly 26 days) of education and pass two exams for licensure.

Louisiana also licenses several occupations that are rarely licensed by other states. For example, it is one of just four states to license interior designers—the most arduously licensed occupation in this study. It requires $1,240 in fees, six years (2,190 days) of education and one exam. Louisiana is also the only state to license florists and is joined by just four other states in licensing non-instructional teacher assistants and by six others in licensing tree trimmers. As one of the two states that license the most occupations studied here, Louisiana could substantially improve its rankings by repealing these and other occupational licenses, or—if government regulation is necessary—by replacing them with less restrictive regulatory alternatives.

Burden Rank Occupation States Licensed Fees Estimated Calendar Days Lost Education Experience Exams Min. Grade Min. Age
1 Preschool Teacher, Public School 50 $516 2555 4 years 3 years 3 0 0
2 Interior Designer 4 $1240 2190 6 years 1 12 0
3 Fire Alarm Installer 39 $1665 1827 11 clock hours 5 years 4 0 18
4 Security Alarm Installer 37 $1481 1829 22 clock hours 5 years 4 0 0
5 Athletic Trainer 49 $466 1460 4 years 1 0 18
6 Pest Control Applicator 51 $210 1460 4 years 1 0 0
7 Midwife, Direct Entry 28 $1488 1095 3 years 2 12 21
8 Veterinary Technician 36 $405 730 2 years 2 12 0
9 Earth Driller, Water Well 51 $470 730 2 years 2 0 18
10 Barber 51 $72 350 1500 clock hours 3 12 18
11 Cosmetologist 51 $75 350 1500 clock hours 2 10 16
12 Mobile Home Installer 39 $251 366 1 days 1 years 1 0 0
13 Skin Care Specialist 50 $100 175 750 clock hours 2 10 16
14 Pharmacy Technician 44 $270 140 600 clock hours 1 12 18
15 Manicurist 50 $75 117 500 clock hours 2 10 16
16 School Bus Driver 51 $126 9 30 clock hours 14 clock hours 6 0 21
17 Teacher Assistant, Non-Instructional 5 $0 0 1 12 20
18 Landscape Contractor (Commercial) 47 $674 0 3 0 18
19 Bus Driver, City/Transit 51 $121 0 5 0 18
20 Truck Driver, Tractor-Trailer 51 $116 0 5 0 18
21 Massage Therapist 44 $421 117 500 clock hours 1 0 0
22 Makeup Artist 41 $25 9 40 clock hours 0 10 16
23 Truck Driver, Other 51 $116 0 4 0 18
24 Emergency Medical Technician 51 $110 26 110 clock hours 2 0 18
25 Security Guard, Unarmed 34 $81 3 16 clock hours 2 0 18
26 Auctioneer 30 $300 7 5 days 1 0 18
27 Vegetation Pesticide Applicator 51 $45 0 2 0 18
28 Locksmith 14 $318 0 1 0 18
29 Landscape Contractor (Residential) 48 $214 0 1 0 18
30 Door Repair Contractor (Commercial) 24 $751 0 1 0 0
31 Carpenter/Cabinet Maker Contractor (Commercial) 25 $460 0 2 0 0
31 Cement Finishing Contractor (Commercial) 24 $460 0 2 0 0
31 Drywall Installation Contractor (Commercial) 25 $460 0 2 0 0
31 Floor Sander Contractor (Commercial) 22 $460 0 2 0 0
31 Glazier Contractor (Commercial) 26 $460 0 2 0 0
31 HVAC Contractor (Commercial) 37 $460 0 2 0 0
31 HVAC Contractor (Residential) 35 $460 0 2 0 0
31 Insulation Contractor (Commercial) 25 $460 0 2 0 0
31 Iron/Steel Contractor (Commercial) 26 $460 0 2 0 0
31 Mason Contractor (Commercial) 26 $460 0 2 0 0
31 Painting Contractor (Commercial) 22 $460 0 2 0 0
31 Paving Contractor (Commercial) 24 $460 0 2 0 0
31 Pipelayer Contractor 27 $460 0 2 0 0
31 Sheet Metal Contractor, HVAC (Commercial) 37 $460 0 2 0 0
31 Terrazzo Contractor (Commercial) 23 $460 0 2 0 0
46 Wildlife Control Operator 23 $40 2 10 clock hours 1 0 18
47 Gaming Cage Worker 29 $200 0 0 0 21
47 Gaming Dealer 28 $200 0 0 0 21
47 Gaming Supervisor 30 $200 0 0 0 21
47 Slot Supervisor 28 $200 0 0 0 21
51 Taxi Driver/Chauffeur 16 $55 0 1 0 17
52 Bartender 13 $0 0 2 clock hours 1 0 18
53 Carpenter/Cabinet Maker Contractor (Residential) 30 $460 0 1 0 0
53 Cement Finishing Contractor (Residential) 30 $460 0 1 0 0
53 Door Repair Contractor (Residential) 29 $460 0 1 0 0
53 Drywall Installation Contractor (Residential) 30 $460 0 1 0 0
53 Floor Sander Contractor (Residential) 27 $460 0 1 0 0
53 Glazier Contractor (Residential) 30 $460 0 1 0 0
53 Insulation Contractor (Residential) 30 $460 0 1 0 0
53 Iron/Steel Contractor (Residential) 30 $460 0 1 0 0
53 Mason Contractor (Residential) 31 $460 0 1 0 0
53 Painting Contractor (Residential) 28 $460 0 1 0 0
53 Paving Contractor (Residential) 28 $460 0 1 0 0
53 Sheet Metal Contractor, HVAC (Residential) 36 $460 0 1 0 0
53 Sheet Metal Contractor, Other (Commercial) 26 $460 0 1 0 0
53 Sheet Metal Contractor, Other (Residential) 31 $460 0 1 0 0
53 Terrazzo Contractor (Residential) 28 $460 0 1 0 0
68 Tree Trimmer 7 $214 0 1 0 0
69 Florist 1 $189 0 1 0 0
70 Shampooer 37 $0 9 40 clock hours 1 0 0
71 Weigher 25 $75 0 1 0 0
72 Milk Sampler 42 $0 1 1 days 1 0 0
73 Travel Guide 37 $260 0 0 0 0
74 Fisher, Commercial 43 $55 0 0 0 0
75 Bill Collection Agency 31 $25 0 0 0 0
76 Animal Breeder 28 $23 0 0 0 0
77 Coach, Head (High School Sports) 48 $0 1 7 clock hours 0 0 0

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