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Oklahoma

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

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

Highlights

29 out of 102 moderate-income occupations licensed
11th most burdensome licensing laws
41st most extensively and onerously licensed state

(Last updated April 24, 2012)

Summary

Oklahoma licenses only 29 of the 102 occupations studied, but it has the 11th most burdensome licensing laws, requiring an average of $116 in fees, 416 days -- more than a year -- lost to training and two exams.

The high burden ranking is largely accounted for by the number of exams required and the occupations with above-average training requirements. For example, aspiring social and human service assistants lose six years to education and experience, two more years than even the closest states. Forty-four states do not require a license to become a social and human service assistant at all. Oklahoma is also one of only four states to mandate that school sports coaches also be licensed teachers, thus requiring a four-year degree. The national average of training for coaches is just 254 days. Aspiring security alarm installers lose almost four years to training compared to the national average of a year-and-a-half.

Though Oklahoma has a fairly low ranking, it could promote low-income jobs by reducing or removing some of the barriers. Not only do some of the current burdens exceed most of the other states, there are a number of occupations that are unlicensed in most other states. For example, Oklahoma is one of only six states to license title examiners and seven states to license packagers.

Licensing Requirements

Burden RankOccupationNumber of States that LicenseFeesEducation/Experience (Days)ExamsMinimum GradeMinimum Age
1 Social and Human Service Assistant 7 325 2,190 1 0 0
2 Preschool Teacher 49 95 1,825 2 0 0
3 Athletic Trainer 46 475 1,460 2 0 0
4 Security Alarm Installer 34 50 1,400 1 12 0
5 Coach (School Sports) 24 0 1,465 0 0 0
6 HVAC Contractor (General/Commercial) 40 163 1,095 1 0 18
7 Veterinary Technologist 37 330 730 2 0 0
8 Earth Driller 47 350 730 1 0 0
9 Cosmetologist 51 40 350 2 12 17
10 Barber 50 70 350 2 0 16
11 Skin Care Specialist 50 40 140 2 8 16
11 Makeup Artist 36 40 140 2 8 16
13 Manicurist 50 40 140 2 8 0
14 School Bus Driver 51 47 4 6 0 18
15 Child Care Worker 33 0 3 0 12 16
16 Bus Driver (City/Transit) 51 47 0 5 0 18
17 Emergency Medical Technician 51 155 36 2 0 18
18 Truck Driver 51 47 0 4 0 18
19 Title Examiner 6 150 0 1 0 18
20 Locksmith 13 75 0 1 0 21
21 Security Guard 37 66 9 1 0 18
22 Animal Trainer 20 91 0 1 0 18
23 Pest Control Applicator 51 150 0 3 0 0
24 Animal Control Officer 17 68 0 1 0 18
25 Vegetation Pesticide Handler 51 100 0 2 0 0
26 Mobile Home Installer 39 200 1 0 0 0
27 Fire Alarm Installer 34 75 0 0 0 0
28 Animal Breeder 26 48 0 0 0 0
29 Packager 7 35 0 0 0 0

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