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

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

Highlights

45 out of 102 moderate-income occupations licensed
50th most burdensome licensing laws
31st most extensively and onerously licensed state

(Last updated April 24, 2012)

Summary

Nebraska has only the 50th most burdensome licensing laws, but it ranks as the 31st most broadly and onerously licensed state because it licenses 45 of the 102 low- to moderate-income occupations studied. Moreover, the burdens Nebraska imposes, while lower than other states, are still substantial: on average, $140 in fees, one exam and 147 days lost to education and experience.

Nebraska has a lower burden rank because for 22 of its licensed occupations, it does not require experience or examinations, only a license fee. Even so, Nebraska has a number of occupations that require far more experience than any other state. For example, the operator of a bill collection agency is required to have two years of experience; no other state requires even one day. Similarly, aspiring title examiners lose one year to experience. Only five other states even license title examiners, and none have experience requirements. Massage therapists are required to have 233 days of training; the average among licensed states is just 139 days.

In addition to examining licensing requirements that are high compared to other states, Nebraska policy makers should consider whether some requirements are too burdensome compared to other licenses that are more directly linked to public safety. For example, it takes more than a year to become a barber or cosmetologist and two to seven months to earn a license as a massage therapist, skin care specialist or manicurist. By contrast, emergency medical technicians learn their skills in just about four days.

To improve employment prospects for low- to moderate-income workers, Nebraska could remove unnecessary licenses or excessive barriers.

Licensing Requirements

Burden RankOccupationNumber of States that LicenseFeesEducation/Experience (Days)ExamsMinimum GradeMinimum Age
1 Preschool Teacher 49 55 1,825 1 0 0
2 Athletic Trainer 46 417 1,460 1 0 19
3 Veterinary Technologist 37 300 730 1 0 19
4 Bill Collector Agency 30 400 730 0 0 0
5 Barber 50 110 490 2 12 17
6 Cosmetologist 51 165 490 1 12 17
7 Title Examiner 6 250 365 1 0 0
8 Massage Therapist 39 25 233 1 0 19
9 Skin Care Specialist 50 47 140 1 12 17
10 Sign Language Interpreter 16 1005 2 3 12 18
11 Manicurist 50 30 72 2 12 0
12 Emergency Medical Technician 51 70 4 2 12 18
13 Cathodic Protection Tester 16 1500 8 2 0 0
14 School Bus Driver 51 34 2 6 0 18
15 Teacher Assistant 29 325 3 1 12 0
16 Bus Driver (City/Transit) 51 26 0 5 0 18
17 Truck Driver 51 26 0 4 0 18
18 Earth Driller 47 150 0 2 0 19
19 Coach (School Sports) 24 85 42 0 0 0
20 Backflow Prevention Assembly Tester 18 170 7 2 0 0
21 Animal Trainer 20 40 0 0 0 16
22 Child Care Worker 33 0 3 0 0 16
23 Pest Control Applicator 51 90 0 2 0 0
23 Vegetation Pesticide Handler 51 90 0 2 0 0
25 Milk Sampler 34 25 0 1 0 0
26 Animal Breeder 26 125 0 0 0 0
27 Fisher 41 99 0 0 0 0
28 Iron/Steel Contractor (General/Commercial) 31 40 0 0 0 0
28 Sheet Metal Contractor (General/Commercial) 28 40 0 0 0 0
28 Painting Contractor (General/Commercial) 28 40 0 0 0 0
28 Paving Equipment Operator Contractor 27 40 0 0 0 0
28 Pipelayer Contractor 29 40 0 0 0 0
28 HVAC Contractor (General/Commercial) 40 40 0 0 0 0
28 Glazier Contractor (General/Commercial) 30 40 0 0 0 0
28 Terrazzo Contractor (General/Commercial) 29 40 0 0 0 0
28 Insulation Contractor (General/Commercial) 29 40 0 0 0 0
28 Mason Contractor (General/Commercial) 29 40 0 0 0 0
28 Door Repair Contractor 35 40 0 0 0 0
28 Farm Labor Contractor 9 40 0 0 0 0
28 Floor Sander Contractor (General/Commercial) 29 40 0 0 0 0
28 Drywall Installation Contractor (General/Commercial) 30 40 0 0 0 0
28 Carpenter/Cabinet Maker Contractor (General/Commercial) 30 40 0 0 0 0
28 Cement Finishing Contractor (General/Commercial) 29 40 0 0 0 0
44 Makeup Artist 36 10 0 0 0 0
45 Locksmith 13 5 0 0 0 0

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