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

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

Indiana



Highlights

28 out of 102 moderate-income occupations licensed
26th most burdensome licensing laws
49th most extensively and onerously licensed state

(Last updated April 24, 2012)

Summary

Indiana licenses 28 of the 102 occupations studied, among the fewest of any state. Compared to other states, its licensing laws are moderately onerous -- the 26th most burdensome. On average, those seeking to enter these 28 occupations must pay $147 in fees, lose 251 days to education and experience requirements and pass one exam. Because Indiana licenses so few occupations, it is one of the least broadly and onerously licensed states.

However, Indiana places above-average barriers to entry on some occupations. Indiana is one of only eight states to require that truck drivers possess a driver's license for one year (or longer) prior to working. Most states and the District of Columbia require only tests, fees and a minimum age. Mobile home installers also face above-average restrictions -- 366 days lost to education and experience requirements compared to a national average of 245. Some 23 other states that license mobile home installers require three days or fewer. Occupational restrictions like these show that there is room for improvement in Indiana's licensing regime.

(Last updated May 1, 2012)

Licensing Requirements

Burden RankOccupationNumber of States that LicenseFeesEducation/Experience (Days)ExamsMinimum GradeMinimum Age
1 Preschool Teacher 49 $42 1,825 0 0 0
2 Athletic Trainer 46 $355 1,460 1 0 0
3 Earth Driller 47 $125 1,095 1 0 18
4 Veterinary Technologist 37 $245 730 2 12 18
5 Cosmetologist 51 $199 350 1 10 18
6 Truck Driver 51 $146 365 4 0 18
7 Barber 50 $90 350 2 0 18
8 Mobile Home Installer 39 $150 366 0 0 18
9 Skin Care Specialist 50 $99 163 2 10 18
9 Makeup Artist 36 $99 163 2 10 18
11 Emergency Medical Technician 51 $70 34 2 12 18
12 Manicurist 50 $50 105 2 8 0
13 School Bus Driver 51 $146 9 6 0 21
14 Sign Language Interpreter 16 $710 2 3 0 0
15 Bus Driver (City/Transit) 51 $146 0 5 0 21
16 Auctioneer 33 $95 19 1 0 18
17 Gaming Dealer 24 $250 0 0 0 21
17 Gaming Supervisor 23 $250 0 0 0 21
17 Slot Key Person 21 $250 0 0 0 21
17 Gaming Cage Worker 22 $250 0 0 0 21
21 Taxi Driver/Chauffeur 12 $27 0 1 0 18
22 Bartender 13 $45 0 0 0 21
23 Pest Control Applicator 51 $45 0 2 0 0
23 Vegetation Pesticide Handler 51 $45 0 2 0 0
25 Teacher Assistant 29 $45 0 1 0 0
26 Bill Collector Agency 30 $100 0 0 0 0
27 Fisher 41 $25 0 0 0 0
28 Taxidermist 26 $15 0 0 0 0

(Last updated April 24, 2012)

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