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Indiana

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

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

Highlights

28 out of 102 moderate-income occupations licensed
26th most burdensome licensing laws
49th most extensively and onerously licensed state

(Last updated April 24, 2012)

Summary

Indiana licenses 28 of the 102 occupations studied, among the fewest of any state. Compared to other states, its licensing laws are moderately onerous -- the 26th most burdensome. On average, those seeking to enter these 28 occupations must pay $147 in fees, lose 251 days to education and experience requirements and pass one exam. Because Indiana licenses so few occupations, it is one of the least broadly and onerously licensed states.

However, Indiana places above-average barriers to entry on some occupations. Indiana is one of only eight states to require that truck drivers possess a driver's license for one year (or longer) prior to working. Most states and the District of Columbia require only tests, fees and a minimum age. Mobile home installers also face above-average restrictions -- 366 days lost to education and experience requirements compared to a national average of 245. Some 23 other states that license mobile home installers require three days or fewer. Occupational restrictions like these show that there is room for improvement in Indiana's licensing regime.

Licensing Requirements

Burden RankOccupationNumber of States that LicenseFeesEducation/Experience (Days)ExamsMinimum GradeMinimum Age
1 Preschool Teacher 49 42 1,825 0 0 0
2 Athletic Trainer 46 355 1,460 1 0 0
3 Earth Driller 47 125 1,095 1 0 18
4 Veterinary Technologist 37 245 730 2 12 18
5 Cosmetologist 51 199 350 1 10 18
6 Truck Driver 51 146 365 4 0 18
7 Barber 50 90 350 2 0 18
8 Mobile Home Installer 39 150 366 0 0 18
9 Skin Care Specialist 50 99 163 2 10 18
9 Makeup Artist 36 99 163 2 10 18
11 Emergency Medical Technician 51 70 34 2 12 18
12 Manicurist 50 50 105 2 8 0
13 School Bus Driver 51 146 9 6 0 21
14 Sign Language Interpreter 16 710 2 3 0 0
15 Bus Driver (City/Transit) 51 146 0 5 0 21
16 Auctioneer 33 95 19 1 0 18
17 Slot Key Person 21 250 0 0 0 21
17 Gaming Dealer 24 250 0 0 0 21
17 Gaming Cage Worker 22 250 0 0 0 21
17 Gaming Supervisor 23 250 0 0 0 21
21 Taxi Driver/Chauffeur 12 27 0 1 0 18
22 Bartender 13 45 0 0 0 21
23 Pest Control Applicator 51 45 0 2 0 0
23 Vegetation Pesticide Handler 51 45 0 2 0 0
25 Teacher Assistant 29 45 0 1 0 0
26 Bill Collector Agency 30 100 0 0 0 0
27 Fisher 41 25 0 0 0 0
28 Taxidermist 26 15 0 0 0 0

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