Florida

56 of 102 lower-income occupations licensed
5th most burdensome licensing laws
21st most broadly and onerously licensed state

Florida is one of the worst states in the nation for occupational licensing. It licenses 56 of the 102 lower-income occupations studied here, and its licensing laws rank as the fifth most burdensome. On average, they require $318 in fees, 693 days of education and experience, and around one exam. Because it licenses fewer occupations than states with similarly high burdens, Florida ranks as the 21st most widely and onerously licensed state.

Florida is one of only four states that license interior designers—the most arduously licensed occupation in this study. Aspiring interior designers must complete six years (2,190 days) of education, pay $1,120 in fees and pass one exam to perform commercial work in Florida. Such heavy burdens seem incongruent given that 47 other states do not license interior designers at all.

Florida also licenses several occupations more severely than it does others that may present greater risk to the public. For example, the education requirements to become a barber or cosmetologist are over 10 times higher than those to become an EMT (1,200 hours versus 110 hours, or roughly 280 days versus roughly 26 days). Florida could create more avenues to employment in the state by reducing or repealing its illogical requirements for lower-income occupations, or—if government regulation is necessary—by replacing them with less restrictive regulatory alternatives.

Burden Rank Occupation Fees Estimated Calendar Days Lost Education Experience Exams Minimum Grade Minimum Age
1 Interior Designer $1120 2190 6 years - 1 0 0
2 School Bus Driver $62 1834 40 clock hours 5 years 6 0 18
3 Preschool Teacher, Public School $555 1460 4 years - 3 0 18
4 Athletic Trainer $525 1460 4 years and 2 clock hours - 1 0 21
5 Drywall Installation Contractor (Commercial) $364 1460 - 4 years 2 0 18
5 Drywall Installation Contractor (Residential) $364 1460 - 4 years 2 0 18
5 Glazier Contractor (Commercial) $364 1460 - 4 years 2 0 18
5 Glazier Contractor (Residential) $364 1460 - 4 years 2 0 18
5 HVAC Contractor (Commercial) $364 1460 - 4 years 2 0 18
5 HVAC Contractor (Residential) $364 1460 - 4 years 2 0 18
5 Pipelayer Contractor $364 1460 - 4 years 2 0 18
5 Sheet Metal Contractor, HVAC (Commercial) $364 1460 - 4 years 2 0 18
5 Sheet Metal Contractor, HVAC (Residential) $364 1460 - 4 years 2 0 18
5 Sheet Metal Contractor, Other (Commercial) $364 1460 - 4 years 2 0 18
5 Sheet Metal Contractor, Other (Residential) $364 1460 - 4 years 2 0 18
16 Carpenter/Cabinet Maker Contractor (Commercial) $364 1460 - 4 years 1 0 18
16 Carpenter/Cabinet Maker Contractor (Residential) $364 1460 - 4 years 1 0 18
16 Iron/Steel Contractor (Commercial) $364 1460 - 4 years 1 0 18
16 Iron/Steel Contractor (Residential) $364 1460 - 4 years 1 0 18
16 Mason Contractor (Commercial) $364 1460 - 4 years 1 0 18
16 Mason Contractor (Residential) $364 1460 - 4 years 1 0 18
22 Midwife, Direct Entry $1605 1095 3 years and 1 clock hours - 1 12 21
23 Fire Alarm Installer $684 1095 - 3 years 2 0 18
23 Security Alarm Installer $684 1095 - 3 years 2 0 18
25 Optician $943 731 6 clock hours and 2 years - 3 12 18
26 Pest Control Applicator $760 533 24 credit hours 1 years 1 12 18
26 Vegetation Pesticide Applicator $760 533 24 credit hours 1 years 1 12 18
28 Earth Driller, Water Well $150 732 12 clock hours 2 years 1 0 18
29 Barber $428 280 1200 clock hours - 1 0 16
30 Cosmetologist $90 280 1200 clock hours - 2 0 16
31 Pharmacy Technician $105 245 1050 clock hours - 0 0 17
32 Emergency Medical Technician $115 26 110 clock hours - 1 12 18
33 Massage Therapist $350 117 500 clock hours - 1 0 18
34 Bus Driver, City/Transit $82 0 - - 5 0 18
35 Truck Driver, Tractor-Trailer $75 0 - - 5 0 18
36 Truck Driver, Other $75 0 - - 4 0 18
37 Auctioneer $550 19 80 clock hours - 1 0 18
38 Security Guard, Unarmed $87 9 40 clock hours - 2 0 18
39 Mobile Home Installer $300 2 12 clock hours - 1 0 18
40 Makeup Artist $70 61 260 clock hours - 0 0 16
40 Skin Care Specialist $70 61 260 clock hours - 0 0 16
42 Manicurist $70 56 240 clock hours - 0 0 16
43 Farm Labor Contractor $160 0 - - 1 0 18
44 Gaming Cage Worker $89 0 - - 0 0 21
44 Gaming Supervisor $89 0 - - 0 0 21
44 Slot Supervisor $89 0 - - 0 0 21
47 Child Care Home, Family $70 8 - 35 clock hours 0 0 18
48 Coach, Head (High School Sports) $75 63 9 credit hours - 0 0 0
49 Animal Control Officer $0 9 40 clock hours - 1 0 0
50 Travel Agency $300 0 - - 0 0 0
51 Milk Sampler $0 0 - - 1 0 0
52 Bill Collection Agency $200 0 - - 0 0 0
53 Gaming Dealer $159 0 - - 0 0 0
54 Fisher, Commercial $25 0 - - 0 0 0
54 Landscape Contractor (Commercial) $25 0 - - 0 0 0
54 Landscape Contractor (Residential) $25 0 - - 0 0 0