Nebraska

63 of 102 lower-income occupations licensed

51st most burdensome licensing laws

27th most broadly and onerously licensed state

Nebraska’s licensing laws for lower-income occupations are the least burdensome in the nation. They require, on average, $76 in fees, 118 days of education and experience, and roughly one exam. However, because Nebraska licenses more lower-income occupations than average—63 of the 102 studied here—it is the 27th most broadly and onerously licensed state.

Nebraska licenses several occupations that are rarely licensed elsewhere, and it does so fairly onerously. For example, many states do not license title examiners (44) or bill collection agencies (20). Yet Nebraska title examiners face $825 in fees and one year of experience, compared to licensed-state averages of $355 and 104 days. And Nebraskans wishing to open a bill collection agency must demonstrate two years (730 days) of experience, compared to a licensed-state average of 159 days. Given that many states do not license these occupations at all, it is irrational that Nebraska licenses them so onerously.

Nebraska also imposes education requirements on some occupations that seem excessive compared to those for other occupations that may present greater risks to the public. For example, barbers and cosmetologists need 2,100 hours (approximately 490 days) of education, while EMTs need only 138 hours (approximately 32 days). In 2017, a bill was introduced that, among other things, would have pared back Nebraska’s requirements for barbers, cosmetologists and other occupations. The bill failed, but Nebraska should try again and consider whether such licenses can be repealed altogether or—if government regulation is demonstrably necessary—replaced with less restrictive alternatives such as inspections or voluntary certification.

Burden Rank Occupation States Licensed Fees Estimated Calendar Days Lost Education Experience Exams Min. Grade Min. Age
1 Athletic Trainer 49 $417 1460 4 years 1 0 19
2 Preschool Teacher, Public School 50 $351 1460 4 years 2 0 0
3 Veterinary Technician 36 $410 730 2 years 1 0 19
4 Bill Collection Agency 31 $400 730 2 years 0 0 0
5 Fire Alarm Installer 39 $85 730 2 years 1 0 0
6 Barber 51 $200 490 2100 clock hours 2 12 17
7 Cosmetologist 51 $78 490 2100 clock hours 1 12 17
7 Shampooer 37 $78 490 2100 clock hours 1 12 17
9 Title Examiner 7 $825 365 1 years 1 0 19
10 Massage Therapist 44 $223 233 1000 clock hours 1 0 19
11 Skin Care Specialist 50 $78 140 600 clock hours 1 12 17
12 Manicurist 50 $78 70 300 clock hours 1 12 17
13 Emergency Medical Technician 51 $80 32 138 clock hours 2 12 18
14 Interpreter, Sign Language 22 $345 0 2 12 18
15 Pharmacy Technician 44 $154 0 1 12 18
16 School Bus Driver 51 $34 2 11 clock hours 6 0 18
17 Child Care Home, Family 44 $38 0 2 clock hours 0 12 19
18 Bus Driver, City/Transit 51 $26 0 5 0 18
18 Truck Driver, Tractor-Trailer 51 $26 0 5 0 18
20 Truck Driver, Other 51 $26 0 4 0 18
21 Pest Control Applicator 51 $90 0 2 0 16
21 Vegetation Pesticide Applicator 51 $90 0 2 0 16
23 Earth Driller, Water Well 51 $38 0 2 0 19
24 Makeup Artist 41 $10 0 0 0 19
25 Coach, Head (High School Sports) 48 $55 22 3 credit hours and 4 clock hours 0 0 0
26 Milk Sampler 42 $25 0 2 0 0
27 Animal Breeder 28 $125 0 0 0 0
28 Landscape Contractor (Commercial) 47 $115 0 0 0 0
28 Landscape Contractor (Residential) 48 $115 0 0 0 0
30 Fisher, Commercial 43 $99 0 0 0 0
31 Farm Labor Contractor 10 $40 0 0 0 0
32 Locksmith 14 $5 0 0 0 0
33 Carpenter/Cabinet Maker Contractor (Commercial) 25 $0 0 0 0 0
33 Carpenter/Cabinet Maker Contractor (Residential) 30 $0 0 0 0 0
33 Cement Finishing Contractor (Commercial) 24 $0 0 0 0 0
33 Cement Finishing Contractor (Residential) 30 $0 0 0 0 0
33 Door Repair Contractor (Commercial) 24 $0 0 0 0 0
33 Door Repair Contractor (Residential) 29 $0 0 0 0 0
33 Drywall Installation Contractor (Commercial) 25 $0 0 0 0 0
33 Drywall Installation Contractor (Residential) 30 $0 0 0 0 0
33 Floor Sander Contractor (Commercial) 22 $0 0 0 0 0
33 Floor Sander Contractor (Residential) 27 $0 0 0 0 0
33 Glazier Contractor (Commercial) 26 $0 0 0 0 0
33 Glazier Contractor (Residential) 30 $0 0 0 0 0
33 HVAC Contractor (Commercial) 37 $0 0 0 0 0
33 HVAC Contractor (Residential) 35 $0 0 0 0 0
33 Insulation Contractor (Commercial) 25 $0 0 0 0 0
33 Insulation Contractor (Residential) 30 $0 0 0 0 0
33 Iron/Steel Contractor (Commercial) 26 $0 0 0 0 0
33 Iron/Steel Contractor (Residential) 30 $0 0 0 0 0
33 Mason Contractor (Commercial) 26 $0 0 0 0 0
33 Mason Contractor (Residential) 31 $0 0 0 0 0
33 Painting Contractor (Commercial) 22 $0 0 0 0 0
33 Painting Contractor (Residential) 28 $0 0 0 0 0
33 Paving Contractor (Commercial) 24 $0 0 0 0 0
33 Paving Contractor (Residential) 28 $0 0 0 0 0
33 Pipelayer Contractor 27 $0 0 0 0 0
33 Sheet Metal Contractor, HVAC (Commercial) 37 $0 0 0 0 0
33 Sheet Metal Contractor, HVAC (Residential) 36 $0 0 0 0 0
33 Sheet Metal Contractor, Other (Commercial) 26 $0 0 0 0 0
33 Sheet Metal Contractor, Other (Residential) 31 $0 0 0 0 0
33 Terrazzo Contractor (Commercial) 23 $0 0 0 0 0
33 Terrazzo Contractor (Residential) 28 $0 0 0 0 0
N/A Midwife, Direct Entry 28 N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A

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