Milk Sampler

License to Work: A National Study of Burdens from Occupational Licensing

License to Work: A National Study of Burdens from Occupational Licensing


License required in 34 states
97th most burdensome licensing requirements
39th most heavily regulated occupation

(Last updated April 24, 2012)


Milk samplers collect milk samples from farms, dairy plants and tank cars and trucks for laboratory analysis. They remove samples from bulk tanks, tankers or milking machines, using dipper or pipette, and pour samples into sterile bottles. Workers weigh samples, label bottles with origin of sample and pack samples in dry ice. Milk samplers transport samples to laboratory for bacteriological and butterfat content analysis, contact potential customers to explain benefits of testing program to sell milk testing service and may assist customers in interpreting sample test results to maximize benefits to customers. Samplers may also maintain individual milk production records for each cow in a customer's herd.


Thirty-four states require milk samplers to obtain licenses. Of those, 28 require milk samplers to pass a test and pay a fee averaging $18. Kentucky, North Dakota, Texas and New Mexico each require a day of education and training. Only Oregon requires a minimum age of 18. South Carolina only requires milk samplers to register with the state. The occupation has some of the least burdensome entry requirements in the study, but because it is licensed in so many states, it ranks as the 39th most widely and onerously licensed occupation.

(Last updated May 2, 2012)

State Licensing Requirements

Burden RankStateFeesEducation/Experience (Days)ExamsMinimum GradeMinimum Age

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