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Maine

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

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

Highlights

39 out of 102 moderate-income occupations licensed
30th most burdensome licensing laws
33rd most extensively and onerously licensed state

(Last updated April 24, 2012)

Summary

Maine licenses 39 of the 102 low- and middle-income occupations studied. Residents seeking to enter these occupations can anticipate, on average, paying $206 in fees, losing 226 days to training requirements and taking one exam, making Maine's the 30th most burdensome licensing laws.

A few occupations face significantly more burdensome entry requirements in Maine than in other states. For example, log scalers, who grade or estimate the value of logs, face no employment restrictions in any state save Maine and Idaho; each requires two exams, and Maine requires two years of experience. Similarly, Maine is one of only three states to license dietetic technicians. Its requirements are also the most onerous, requiring applicants to obtain 835 days -- more than two years -- of education and experience prior to licensure.

Occupations like these, where other states appear to get by with no licensing or far lower burdens, are possible targets for reform. Other possibilities include occupations that appear overly burdensome to enter compared to others with a greater connection to health and safety. For instance, Maine makes it more difficult to become a makeup artist, skin care specialist or massage therapist than an emergency medical technician. EMTs need only 33 days of training compared to more than 100 for the other occupations.

Licensing Requirements

Burden RankOccupationNumber of States that LicenseFeesEducation/Experience (Days)ExamsMinimum GradeMinimum Age
1 Preschool Teacher 49 155 1,825 2 0 0
2 Athletic Trainer 46 521 1,460 1 0 0
3 Fire Alarm Installer 34 200 996 1 0 0
4 Dietetic Technician 3 91 835 1 0 0
5 Barber 50 61 653 3 10 17
6 Log Scaler 2 25 730 2 0 18
7 Veterinary Technologist 37 271 730 1 0 0
8 Cosmetologist 51 131 350 3 10 17
9 School Bus Driver 51 76 365 6 0 21
10 Earth Driller 47 25 365 1 0 0
11 Makeup Artist 36 101 140 2 10 17
11 Skin Care Specialist 50 101 140 2 10 17
13 Massage Therapist 39 71 117 1 12 18
14 Sign Language Interpreter 16 981 2 3 12 0
15 Manicurist 50 55 47 2 10 0
16 Cathodic Protection Tester 16 1500 8 2 0 0
17 Teacher Assistant 29 80 0 0 12 18
18 Bus Driver (City/Transit) 51 66 0 5 0 21
19 Truck Driver 51 63 0 4 0 16
20 Security Guard 37 400 0 0 0 18
21 Emergency Medical Technician 51 121 33 2 0 0
22 Mobile Home Installer 39 221 0 0 0 18
23 Taxidermist 26 89 0 3 0 0
24 Electrical Helper 2 96 0 0 0 16
25 Tank Tester 14 400 0 1 0 0
26 Auctioneer 33 396 0 1 0 0
27 Travel Guide 21 184 0 2 0 0
28 Tree Trimmer 7 90 0 2 0 0
28 Pest Control Applicator 51 90 0 2 0 0
28 Vegetation Pesticide Handler 51 90 0 2 0 0
31 Bill Collector Agency 30 400 0 0 0 0
32 Gaming Cage Worker 22 250 0 0 0 0
32 Gaming Dealer 24 250 0 0 0 0
34 Weigher 24 25 0 1 0 0
35 Fisher 41 145 0 0 0 0
36 Animal Control Officer 17 30 4 0 0 0
37 Animal Breeder 26 75 0 0 0 0
38 Funeral Attendant 9 71 0 0 0 0
39 Packager 7 50 0 0 0 0

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