Nevada is the second worst state in the nation for occupational licensing of lower-income occupations. Licensing 75 of the 102 studied here, Nevada is more broadly and onerously licensed than all but one other state. Nevada also has the second most burdensome licensing laws, requiring, on average, $704 in fees, 861 days—more than two years—of education and experience, and around two exams.
Nevada licenses some rarely licensed occupations very onerously. For instance, Nevada is one of just four states that license interior designers, its second most onerously licensed occupation. The state requires four years of education and two years of experience (2,190 days total), $1,215 in fees, and one exam. Nevada is also one of just nine states that license animal trainers. Its fees for this occupation are nearly seven times the average across licensed states ($1,408 compared to $209).
Nevada 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, 20 states do not license bill collection agencies at all, yet in Nevada a person wishing to open one must demonstrate 730 days (two years) of experience. By contrast, EMTs need just 26 days (110 hours) of education. And the fees bill collection agencies must pay for licensure are over 10 times the fees for EMTs ($1,010 versus $90). Nevada can improve its dismal rankings—and expand opportunity for lower-income workers—by reducing or repealing its irrational licensing burdens for bill collection agencies and other occupations, or—if government regulation is necessary—by replacing them with less restrictive regulatory alternatives.