Nebraska

64 of 102 lower-income occupations licensed
51st most burdensome licensing requirements
27th most widely and onerously licensed occupation

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 The bill failed, but Nebraska should try again and consider whether such licenses can be repealed altogether or—if government regulation is demonstrably necessary—replaced with less restrictive alternatives such as inspections or voluntary certification.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 Fees Estimated Calendar Days Lost Education Experience Exams Minimum Grade Minimum Age
1 Athletic Trainer $417 1460 4 years - 1 0 19
2 Preschool Teacher, Public School $351 1460 4 years - 2 0 0
3 Veterinary Technician $410 730 2 years - 1 0 19
4 Bill Collection Agency $400 730 - 2 years 0 0 0
5 Fire Alarm Installer $85 730 - 2 years 1 0 0
6 Barber $200 490 2100 clock hours - 2 12 17
7 Cosmetologist $78 490 2100 clock hours - 1 12 17
7 Shampooer $78 490 2100 clock hours - 1 12 17
9 Title Examiner $825 365 - 1 years 1 0 19
10 Massage Therapist $223 233 1000 clock hours - 1 0 19
11 Skin Care Specialist $78 140 600 clock hours - 1 12 17
12 Manicurist $78 70 300 clock hours - 1 12 17
13 Emergency Medical Technician $80 32 138 clock hours - 2 12 18
14 Interpreter, Sign Language $345 0 - - 2 12 18
15 Pharmacy Technician $154 0 - - 1 12 18
16 School Bus Driver $34 2 11 clock hours - 6 0 18
17 Child Care Home, Family $38 0 - 2 clock hours 0 12 19
18 Bus Driver, City/Transit $26 0 - - 5 0 18
18 Truck Driver, Tractor-Trailer $26 0 - - 5 0 18
20 Truck Driver, Other $26 0 - - 4 0 18
21 Pest Control Applicator $90 0 - - 2 0 16
21 Vegetation Pesticide Applicator $90 0 - - 2 0 16
23 Earth Driller, Water Well $38 0 - - 2 0 19
24 Makeup Artist $10 0 - - 0 0 19
25 Coach, Head (High School Sports) $55 22 3 credit hours and 4 clock hours - 0 0 0
26 Milk Sampler $25 0 - - 2 0 0
27 Animal Breeder $125 0 - - 0 0 0
28 Landscape Contractor (Commercial) $115 0 - - 0 0 0
28 Landscape Contractor (Residential) $115 0 - - 0 0 0
30 Fisher, Commercial $99 0 - - 0 0 0
31 Farm Labor Contractor $40 0 - - 0 0 0
32 Locksmith $5 0 - - 0 0 0
33 Carpenter/Cabinet Maker Contractor (Commercial) $0 0 - - 0 0 0
33 Carpenter/Cabinet Maker Contractor (Residential) $0 0 - - 0 0 0
33 Cement Finishing Contractor (Commercial) $0 0 - - 0 0 0
33 Cement Finishing Contractor (Residential) $0 0 - - 0 0 0
33 Door Repair Contractor (Commercial) $0 0 - - 0 0 0
33 Door Repair Contractor (Residential) $0 0 - - 0 0 0
33 Drywall Installation Contractor (Commercial) $0 0 - - 0 0 0
33 Drywall Installation Contractor (Residential) $0 0 - - 0 0 0
33 Floor Sander Contractor (Commercial) $0 0 - - 0 0 0
33 Floor Sander Contractor (Residential) $0 0 - - 0 0 0
33 Glazier Contractor (Commercial) $0 0 - - 0 0 0
33 Glazier Contractor (Residential) $0 0 - - 0 0 0
33 HVAC Contractor (Commercial) $0 0 - - 0 0 0
33 HVAC Contractor (Residential) $0 0 - - 0 0 0
33 Insulation Contractor (Commercial) $0 0 - - 0 0 0
33 Insulation Contractor (Residential) $0 0 - - 0 0 0
33 Iron/Steel Contractor (Commercial) $0 0 - - 0 0 0
33 Iron/Steel Contractor (Residential) $0 0 - - 0 0 0
33 Mason Contractor (Commercial) $0 0 - - 0 0 0
33 Mason Contractor (Residential) $0 0 - - 0 0 0
33 Painting Contractor (Commercial) $0 0 - - 0 0 0
33 Painting Contractor (Residential) $0 0 - - 0 0 0
33 Paving Contractor (Commercial) $0 0 - - 0 0 0
33 Paving Contractor (Residential) $0 0 - - 0 0 0
33 Pipelayer Contractor $0 0 - - 0 0 0
33 Sheet Metal Contractor, HVAC (Commercial) $0 0 - - 0 0 0
33 Sheet Metal Contractor, HVAC (Residential) $0 0 - - 0 0 0
33 Sheet Metal Contractor, Other (Commercial) $0 0 - - 0 0 0
33 Sheet Metal Contractor, Other (Residential) $0 0 - - 0 0 0
33 Terrazzo Contractor (Commercial) $0 0 - - 0 0 0
33 Terrazzo Contractor (Residential) $0 0 - - 0 0 0
64 Midwife, Direct Entry $0 0 - - 0 0 0