Indiana

37 of 102 lower-income occupations licensed
26th most burdensome licensing laws
44th most broadly and onerously licensed state

Indiana licenses 37 of the 102 lower-income occupations studied here. Its licensing laws rank as the 26th most burdensome because Indiana’s barriers to entry average $163 in fees, 323 days lost to education and experience, and approximately one exam. Indiana ranks as the 44th most broadly and onerously licensed state for lower-income workers, making it better than most but still leaving ample room for improvement.

Indiana licenses several occupations that are not licensed by other states, such as veterinary technicians (licensed by 36 states), auctioneers (30 states), sign language interpreters (22 states), taxi drivers and chauffeurs (16 states), and bartenders (13 states). Among those, sign language interpreters in Indiana face particularly steep burdens of more than four years of education, two exams and $725 in fees.

Indiana also imposes burdens on some occupations that seem excessive compared to those for other occupations that may present greater risks to the public. For example, in Indiana, it is harder to become a manicurist than it is to become an EMT. EMTs need only about 37 days (160 hours) of education, while manicurists need around 105 days (450 hours) of education. Indiana should consider whether this and other heavy licensing burdens can be reduced, repealed or—if government regulation is necessary—replaced with less restrictive regulatory alternatives.

Burden Rank Occupation Fees Estimated Calendar Days Lost Education Experience Exams Minimum Grade Minimum Age
1 Midwife, Direct Entry $1000 2695 3 years 80 births 1 12 21
2 Preschool Teacher, Public School $478 2190 4 years and 2 years - 3 0 0
3 Interpreter, Sign Language $725* 1469* 4 years and 40 clock hours* - 2 0 18
4 Athletic Trainer $394 1460 4 years - 1 0 0
5 Veterinary Technician $392 730 2 years - 2 12 18
6 School Bus Driver $153 370 20 clock hours 1 years and 12 clock hours 6 0 21
7 Bus Driver, City/Transit $153 365 - 1 years 5 0 21
8 Truck Driver, Tractor-Trailer $153 365 - 1 years 5 0 18
9 Cosmetologist $92 350 1500 clock hours - 1 10 18
10 Truck Driver, Other $153 365 - 1 years 4 0 18
11 Barber $84 350 1500 clock hours - 2 0 18
12 Mobile Home Installer $150 366 8 clock hours 1 year(s) 0 0 18
13 Taxi Driver/Chauffeur $19 365 - 1 years 1 0 18
14 Makeup Artist $92 163 700 clock hours - 1 10 18
14 Skin Care Specialist $92 163 700 clock hours - 1 10 18
16 Manicurist $92 105 450 clock hours - 1 8 18
17 Pharmacy Technician $193 0 - - 1 12 18
18 Emergency Medical Technician $80 37 160 clock hours - 2 0 18
19 Child Care Home, Family $52 1 - 7.5 clock hours 0 12 0
20 Auctioneer $105 19 80 clock hours - 1 0 18
21 Gaming Cage Worker $250 0 - - 0 0 21
21 Gaming Dealer $250 0 - - 0 0 21
23 Earth Driller, Water Well $125 0 - - 1 0 18
24 Bartender $45 0 2 clock hours - 1 0 19
25 Gaming Supervisor $100 0 - - 0 0 21
25 Slot Supervisor $100 0 - - 0 0 21
27 Vegetation Pesticide Applicator $90 3 16 clock hours - 3 0 0
28 Bill Collection Agency $100 0 - - 0 0 18
29 Pest Control Applicator $90 0 - - 2 0 0
30 Milk Sampler $0 2 1 days 1 days 1 0 0
31 Wildlife Control Operator $0 0 - - 1 0 0
32 Travel Guide $100 0 - - 0 0 0
33 Landscape Contractor (Commercial) $50 0 - - 0 0 0
33 Landscape Contractor (Residential) $50 0 - - 0 0 0
35 Fisher, Commercial $20 0 - - 0 0 0
36 Taxidermist $15 0 - - 0 0 0
37 Coach, Head (High School Sports) $0 0 1 clock hours - 0 0 0