Wyoming

26 of 102 lower-income occupations licensed
25th most burdensome licensing laws
51st most broadly and onerously licensed state

Wyoming’s licensing laws for lower-income occupations are the 25th most burdensome, requiring, on average, $345 in fees, 280 days of education and experience, and around two exams. But Wyoming licenses fewer of the 102 occupations studied here than any other state—just 26—making it the least broadly and onerously licensed state.

Although Wyoming licenses relatively few occupations, some of its licenses are more burdensome than average. For example, Wyoming has one of the most burdensome cosmetology licenses in the nation, requiring roughly 467 days (2,000 hours) of education, while the national average for the occupation is 386 days.

Wyoming also licenses some occupations more onerously than others that may present a greater risk to public safety. For example, EMTs can become licensed after completing roughly 42 days (180 hours) of education and paying a $39 fee. A person wishing to open a bill collection agency, however, must demonstrate a year of experience and pay $600 in fees. Wyoming could expand lower-income employment opportunities in the state by reducing or repealing its burdens for bill collection agencies and other 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 Athletic Trainer $500 1460 4 years - 2 0 18
2 Preschool Teacher, Public School $320 1460 4 years - 1 0 0
3 Midwife, Direct Entry $2600 1095 3 years - 1 12 0
4 Cosmetologist $123 467 2000 clock hours - 2 10 16
5 Fire Alarm Installer $240 548 - 1.5 years 1 0 0
5 Security Alarm Installer $240 548 - 1.5 years 1 0 0
7 Travel Guide $2370 368 12 clock hours 1 years and 1 days 2 0 18
8 Bill Collection Agency $600 365 - 1 years 1 0 0
9 Barber $185 233 1000 clock hours - 2 10 17
9 Shampooer $185 233 1000 clock hours - 2 10 17
11 Child Care Home, Family $89 203 16 credit hours 3 months 0 12 18
12 Skin Care Specialist $123 140 600 clock hours - 2 10 16
13 Manicurist $123 93 400 clock hours - 2 10 16
14 Pharmacy Technician $229 0 - - 1 12 18
15 School Bus Driver $85 0 - - 6 0 18
16 Emergency Medical Technician $39 42 180 clock hours - 2 0 18
17 Bus Driver, City/Transit $85 0 - - 5 0 18
17 Truck Driver, Tractor-Trailer $85 0 - - 5 0 18
19 Coach, Head (High School Sports) $50 35 5 credit hours and 2.5 clock hours - 0 12 0
20 Vegetation Pesticide Applicator $25 0 - - 5 0 16
21 Truck Driver, Other $85 0 - - 4 0 18
22 Earth Driller, Water Well $440 0 - - 3 0 18
23 Pest Control Applicator $25 0 - - 2 0 16
24 Taxidermist $67 0 - - 0 0 0
25 Landscape Contractor (Commercial) $25 0 - - 0 0 0
25 Landscape Contractor (Residential) $25 0 - - 0 0 0