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Mississippi

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

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

Highlights

55 out of 102 moderate-income occupations licensed
45th most burdensome licensing laws
18th most extensively and onerously licensed state

(Last updated April 24, 2012)

Summary

Only four states license more occupations than Mississippi, which has erected barriers to entry in 55 of the 102 low- and middle-income occupations studied. That places Mississippi in the second tier of most broadly and onerously licensed states, ranking 18th.

Compared to other states, Mississippi's licensing burdens are fairly light, ranking 45th. However, the state places larger burdens on aspirants to a number of occupations. Every state licenses pest control applicators and vegetation pesticide handlers, but Mississippi's laws are among the most onerous -- two years education compared to national averages of 191 days and 93 days in training, respectively. Some 37 states for pest control applicators and 42 states for vegetation pesticide handlers require 10 hours or less of training prior to licensure.

Of the 55 occupations, 20 are licensed in fewer than half of the other states. Mississippi is one of only 10 states to license landscape contractors, and its licensing requirements are onerous -- more than two years lost to education and experience. Seven states that license landscape workers have zero training requirements. Fire alarm installers also face above average education and experience requirements -- two years versus a national average of 486 days. Mississippi licenses nearly all of the construction trades studied. The lack of an education and experience requirements to obtain a license to work in construction accounts for some of Mississippi's good burden ranking. However, aspiring construction workers still must pass two exams and pay a fee.

Mississippi could ease the path to employment by reducing or eliminating such onerous barriers to entry.

Licensing Requirements

Burden RankOccupationNumber of States that LicenseFeesEducation/Experience (Days)ExamsMinimum GradeMinimum Age
1 Preschool Teacher 49 0 1,825 2 0 0
2 Athletic Trainer 46 400 1,460 1 0 0
3 Earth Driller 47 100 1,095 3 0 21
4 Pest Control Applicator 51 0 730 2 0 18
4 Vegetation Pesticide Handler 51 0 730 2 0 18
6 Landscape Worker 10 0 783 1 0 0
7 Fire Alarm Installer 34 150 730 0 0 0
8 Cosmetologist 51 190 350 2 12 17
9 Barber 50 125 350 2 0 17
10 Massage Therapist 39 50 163 2 12 18
11 Skin Care Specialist 50 85 140 2 12 17
12 Teacher Assistant 29 555 21 0 12 18
13 Manicurist 50 85 82 2 12 0
14 Auctioneer 33 300 19 1 12 18
15 School Bus Driver 51 74 1 6 0 18
16 Child Care Worker 33 50 0 0 12 18
17 Bus Driver (City/Transit) 51 69 0 5 0 17
18 Emergency Medical Technician 51 105 28 2 0 18
19 Truck Driver 51 66 0 4 0 17
20 HVAC Contractor (General/Commercial) 40 400 0 2 0 0
20 Pipelayer Contractor 29 400 0 2 0 0
20 Paving Equipment Operator Contractor 27 400 0 2 0 0
20 Painting Contractor (General/Commercial) 28 400 0 2 0 0
20 Sheet Metal Contractor (General/Commercial) 28 400 0 2 0 0
20 Glazier Contractor (General/Commercial) 30 400 0 2 0 0
20 Terrazzo Contractor (General/Commercial) 29 400 0 2 0 0
20 Cement Finishing Contractor (General/Commercial) 29 400 0 2 0 0
20 Carpenter/Cabinet Maker Contractor (General/Commercial) 30 400 0 2 0 0
29 Insulation Contractor (General/Commercial) 29 325 0 1 0 0
29 Mason Contractor (General/Commercial) 29 325 0 1 0 0
29 Drywall Installation Contractor (General/Commercial) 30 325 0 1 0 0
29 Floor Sander Contractor (General/Commercial) 29 325 0 1 0 0
29 Iron/Steel Contractor (General/Commercial) 31 325 0 1 0 0
34 Floor Sander Contractor (Residential) 9 200 0 2 0 0
34 Drywall Installation Contractor (Residential) 9 200 0 2 0 0
34 Door Repair Contractor 35 200 0 2 0 0
34 Painting Contractor (Residential) 10 200 0 2 0 0
34 HVAC Contractor (Residential) 5 200 0 2 0 0
34 Sheet Metal Contractor (Residential) 7 200 0 2 0 0
34 Glazier Contractor (Residential) 9 200 0 2 0 0
34 Cement Finishing Contractor (Residential) 9 200 0 2 0 0
34 Carpenter/Cabinet Maker (Residential) 10 200 0 2 0 0
34 Insulation Contractor (Residential) 10 200 0 2 0 0
34 Mason Contractor (Residential) 10 200 0 2 0 0
34 Terrazzo Contractor (Residential) 8 200 0 2 0 0
46 Weigher 24 25 0 0 0 21
47 Backflow Prevention Assembly Tester 18 50 9 2 0 0
48 Iron/Steel Contractor (Residential) 11 200 0 1 0 0
49 Mobile Home Installer 39 100 1 1 0 0
50 Fisher 41 200 0 0 0 0
51 Slot Key Person 21 75 0 0 0 0
51 Gaming Cage Worker 22 75 0 0 0 0
51 Gaming Supervisor 23 75 0 0 0 0
51 Gaming Dealer 24 75 0 0 0 0
55 Court Clerk 4 0 1 0 0 0

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