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Tennessee

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

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

Highlights

53 out of 102 moderate-income occupations licensed
34th most burdensome licensing laws
13th most extensively and onerously licensed state

(Last updated April 24, 2012)

Summary

Tennessee is the 13th most broadly and onerously licensed state, placing it in the second tier of states. It licenses 53 of the 102 low- to moderate-income occupations studied, more than 41 states. At an average cost of $218 in fees, 222 days -- more than seven months -- lost to education and one exam, Tennessee has the 34th most burdensome licensing laws.

In several occupations, Tennessee charges around twice as much in fees as the average state. For example, auctioneers pay $650, but the national average is $307, and coaches are charged $285, while the average in other states is $54.

Tennessee also has a number of excessive training requirements compared to the average state. For example, pest control applicators and vegetation pesticide handlers must have four years of education, while 32 and 39 states, respectively, find no need for any requirement. Auctioneers lose two years to training, and Tennessee is one of only five states that even require a year or more of training. Aspiring manicurists lose 140 days to training, while the national average is 87 days.

Tennessee is also one of only five states to license shampooers, and it has the most burdensome requirements of 70 days lost to training, $140 in fees and two exams just to wash somebody's hair. Tennessee can help its low- to moderate-income workers flourish by reducing or completely eliminating such onerous or needless licensing barriers.

Licensing Requirements

Burden RankOccupationNumber of States that LicenseFeesEducation/Experience (Days)ExamsMinimum GradeMinimum Age
1 Preschool Teacher 49 0 1,825 1 0 0
2 Vegetation Pesticide Handler 51 150 1,460 2 0 18
2 Pest Control Applicator 51 150 1,460 2 0 18
4 Athletic Trainer 46 460 1,460 2 0 0
5 Auctioneer 33 650 756 2 12 18
6 Optician 22 278 730 3 12 18
7 Midwife 29 1000 730 1 0 0
8 Veterinary Technologist 37 333 730 1 0 0
9 Earth Driller 47 100 730 1 0 0
10 Barber 50 215 350 2 10 17
11 Security Alarm Installer 34 310 420 1 0 21
12 Cosmetologist 51 190 350 2 0 16
13 Makeup Artist 36 190 175 2 0 16
13 Skin Care Specialist 50 190 175 2 0 16
15 Emergency Medical Technician 51 118 46 2 12 18
16 Massage Therapist 39 110 117 2 0 18
17 Manicurist 50 190 140 2 0 0
18 School Bus Driver 51 59 0 6 0 21
19 Shampooer 5 140 70 2 0 16
20 Bus Driver (City/Transit) 51 57 0 5 0 21
21 Teacher Assistant 29 45 0 1 12 0
22 Truck Driver 51 54 0 4 0 18
23 Locksmith 13 185 16 2 0 18
24 Fire Alarm Installer 34 310 0 1 0 21
25 Bill Collector Agency 30 750 0 0 0 0
26 HVAC Contractor (General/Commercial) 40 332 0 2 0 0
27 Security Guard 37 70 1 1 0 18
28 Bartender 13 55 1 1 0 18
29 Weigher 24 18 0 1 0 18
30 Taxi Driver/Chauffeur 12 4 0 1 0 18
31 Paving Equipment Operator Contractor 27 294 0 1 0 0
31 Painting Contractor (General/Commercial) 28 294 0 1 0 0
31 Pipelayer Contractor 29 294 0 1 0 0
31 Insulation Contractor (General/Commercial) 29 294 0 1 0 0
31 Sheet Metal Contractor (General/Commercial) 28 294 0 1 0 0
31 Terrazzo Contractor (General/Commercial) 29 294 0 1 0 0
31 Iron/Steel Contractor (General/Commercial) 31 294 0 1 0 0
31 Mason Contractor (General/Commercial) 29 294 0 1 0 0
31 Drywall Installation Contractor (General/Commercial) 30 294 0 1 0 0
31 Cement Finishing Contractor (General/Commercial) 29 294 0 1 0 0
31 Glazier Contractor (General/Commercial) 30 294 0 1 0 0
31 Carpenter/Cabinet Maker Contractor (General/Commercial) 30 294 0 1 0 0
31 Floor Sander Contractor (General/Commercial) 29 294 0 1 0 0
31 Door Repair Contractor 35 294 0 1 0 0
45 Child Care Worker 33 5 4 0 0 16
46 Coach (School Sports) 24 285 1 0 0 0
47 Mobile Home Installer 39 25 2 1 0 0
48 Fisher 41 200 0 0 0 0
49 Court Clerk 4 0 23 0 0 0
50 Milk Sampler 34 8 0 1 0 0
51 Animal Breeder 26 125 0 0 0 0
52 Taxidermist 26 50 0 0 0 0
53 Dental Assistant 7 0 2 0 0 0

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