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Georgia

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

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

Highlights

33 out of 102 moderate-income occupations licensed
18th most burdensome licensing laws
37th most extensively and onerously licensed state

(Last updated April 24, 2012)

Summary

Georgia licenses only 33 of the 102 occupations studied here, but it imposes the 18th most burdensome requirements on workers wishing to enter those occupations. On average, these licensing schemes cost Georgians $167 in fees and 324 days spent in training and require them to pass two exams.

Georgia is one of only two states that require landscape contractors to pass two examinations. And it is one of only 10 states that license landscape contractors at all. Georgia's license for teacher's assistant is among the most onerous in the nation. Of the 46 states that license the occupation, 19 have no education and experience requirements. Georgia is one of six states that require two years of training for the occupation.

Georgia requires HVAC contractors to obtain more than four years of experience for a license compared to a national average of almost two-and-a-half years. Manicurists need 123 days of state-mandated training compared to a national average of 87 days. Skin care specialists need 233 days compared to a national average of 149.

To improve employment prospects for low- and middle-income Georgians, the state could reduce or repeal such barriers to entry.

Licensing Requirements

Burden RankOccupationNumber of States that LicenseFeesEducation/Experience (Days)ExamsMinimum GradeMinimum Age
1 Preschool Teacher 49 20 1,825 2 0 0
2 Athletic Trainer 46 350 1,460 2 0 0
3 HVAC Contractor (General/Commercial) 40 446 1,462 1 0 0
4 Optician 22 115 700 3 12 18
5 School Bus Driver 51 80 734 6 0 18
6 Teacher Assistant 29 45 730 1 12 0
7 Earth Driller 47 500 730 2 0 0
8 Veterinary Technologist 37 250 730 1 0 18
9 Midwife 29 240 730 1 0 0
10 Cosmetologist 51 125 350 2 12 17
11 Barber 50 95 350 2 7 16
12 Skin Care Specialist 50 119 233 2 12 17
13 Security Alarm Installer 34 72 365 0 0 0
14 Auctioneer 33 700 19 2 12 18
15 Massage Therapist 39 125 117 1 12 18
16 Manicurist 50 45 123 2 0 0
17 Bus Driver (City/Transit) 51 120 0 5 0 18
18 Child Care Worker 33 32 4 0 12 18
19 Truck Driver 51 115 0 4 0 18
20 Emergency Medical Technician 51 95 31 2 0 18
21 Animal Control Officer 17 495 0 1 0 0
22 Security Guard 37 70 6 0 0 18
23 Fire Alarm Installer 34 330 0 1 0 0
24 Mobile Home Installer 39 270 1 1 0 0
25 Taxi Driver/Chauffeur 12 15 0 0 0 18
26 Landscape Worker 10 75 0 2 0 0
27 Pest Control Applicator 51 70 0 2 0 0
27 Vegetation Pesticide Handler 51 70 0 2 0 0
29 Animal Breeder 26 200 0 0 0 0
30 Taxidermist 26 150 0 0 0 0
31 Milk Sampler 34 0 0 1 0 0
32 Fisher 41 50 0 0 0 0
33 Weigher 24 15 0 0 0 0

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