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

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

Earth Driller



Highlights

License required in 47 states
10th most burdensome licensing requirements
3rd most heavily regulated occupation

(Last updated April 24, 2012)

Definition

Earth drillers operate a variety of drills such as rotary, churn and pneumatic to tap sub-surface water and salt deposits, to remove core samples during mineral exploration or soil testing and to facilitate the use of explosives in mining or construction. They may use explosives.

Summary

Forty-seven states require earth drill operators to obtain licenses. The requirements are the 10th most burdensome of 102 occupations studied because 31 states require at least two years of education and training and two states -- Maryland and South Dakota-- require five. Almost every state requires that drill operators pass at least one exam (some as many as three) and pay a fee averaging $177. Of the 47 states that license earth drillers, 21 require practitioners to be contractors (those states are indicated with stripes on the map), meaning individuals can work as a driller but only under the supervision of a licensed contractor. In the other 26 states, anyone doing the work of earth driller must be licensed.

(Last updated April 30, 2012)

State Licensing Requirements

Burden RankStateFeesEducation/Experience (Days)ExamsMinimum GradeMinimum Age
1 Maryland $350 1,825 1 0 0
2 South Dakota $200 1,825 1 0 0
3 Hawaii $250 1,460 1 0 18
4 Minnesota $275 1,460 1 0 0
5 Washington $75 1,335 0 0 0
6 New Jersey $50 1,095 1 12 0
7 Mississippi $100 1,095 3 0 21
8 Indiana $125 1,095 1 0 18
9 Vermont $105 1,095 2 0 0
10 Arizona $80 1,095 2 0 0
11 New Hampshire $260 1,095 1 0 0
12 Massachusetts $200 1,095 1 0 0
13 Michigan $40 730 2 12 18
14 Georgia $500 730 2 0 0
14 Iowa $500 730 2 0 0
16 New Mexico $50 730 2 0 20
17 Virginia $235 730 1 0 18
18 Missouri $250 730 2 0 0
19 Kentucky $65 730 3 0 0
20 Delaware $180 730 1 0 18
21 Illinois $160 730 1 0 18
22 Florida $150 730 1 0 18
23 Oklahoma $350 730 1 0 0
24 Louisiana $110 730 1 0 18
25 West Virginia $125 730 1 0 16
26 Nevada $100 730 1 0 18
27 Colorado $100 730 2 0 0
28 Texas $270 730 1 0 0
29 Alabama $200 730 1 0 0
30 Tennessee $100 730 1 0 0
31 Connecticut $88 730 1 0 0
32 Wisconsin $50 730 1 0 0
33 North Carolina $250 548 1 0 18
34 Montana $300 365 2 0 0
35 Oregon $170 365 1 0 18
36 Arkansas $150 365 1 0 18
37 North Dakota $300 365 1 0 0
38 Idaho $200 365 1 0 0
39 Maine $25 365 1 0 0
40 Utah $100 183 1 0 18
41 Nebraska $150 0 2 0 19
42 Wyoming $250 0 1 0 18
43 New York $275 0 2 0 0
44 South Carolina $50 0 1 0 18
45 Rhode Island $200 0 1 0 0
46 Kansas $110 0 1 0 0
47 Pennsylvania $85 0 0 0 0

(Last updated April 24, 2012)

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