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

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

Minnesota



Highlights

36 out of 102 moderate-income occupations licensed
24th most burdensome licensing laws
36th most extensively and onerously licensed state

(Last updated April 24, 2012)

Summary

Thirty-six of the 102 occupations studied are licensed in Minnesota, and it has the 24th most burdensome licensing laws. On average, potential licensees can expect to pay $164 in fees, lose 290 days to education and experience requirements and take two exams. For a few occupations, Minnesota's laws are among the most burdensome in the country. For instance, fire alarm installers and security alarm installers each face education and experience requirements of three years compared to a national average of 486 days and 535 days, respectively. Animal trainers, specifically horse trainers, face the second most stringent requirements among the 20 states that license the occupation -- two years versus a national average of about three months. Barbers face above average barriers -- 700 days compared to a national average of 416 days of training prior to licensure.

Moreover, Minnesota licenses 10 occupations that are also licensed in fewer than half of the other states. Occupations like these that are either unlicensed or have lower barriers to entry in other states are candidates for reform. Minnesota could improve job prospects in the state by easing or eliminating these and other barriers to employment in low- and middle-income occupations.

(Last updated May 1, 2012)

Licensing Requirements

Burden RankOccupationNumber of States that LicenseFeesEducation/Experience (Days)ExamsMinimum GradeMinimum Age
1 Preschool Teacher 49 $180 1,825 2 0 0
2 Athletic Trainer 46 $450 1,460 1 0 0
3 Earth Driller 47 $275 1,460 1 0 0
4 Security Alarm Installer 34 $70 1,095 1 0 0
5 Fire Alarm Installer 34 $35 1,095 1 0 0
6 Barber 50 $125 700 4 10 0
7 Animal Trainer 20 $74 730 2 0 18
8 Veterinary Technologist 37 $200 730 2 0 0
9 Midwife 29 $225 730 1 0 0
10 Cosmetologist 51 $245 362 2 12 0
11 Skin Care Specialist 50 $141 140 2 12 0
12 Manicurist 50 $90 82 2 12 0
13 Cathodic Protection Tester 16 $1,500 8 2 0 0
14 School Bus Driver 51 $37 0 6 0 18
15 Bus Driver (City/Transit) 51 $31 0 5 0 18
16 Teacher Assistant 29 $45 0 1 12 0
17 Emergency Medical Technician 51 $170 26 2 0 18
18 Truck Driver 51 $0 0 4 0 18
19 Crane Operator 18 $165 0 3 0 18
20 Iron/Steel Contractor (General/Commercial) 31 $690 0 2 0 0
21 Mobile Home Installer 39 $432 0 2 0 0
22 Security Guard 37 $0 2 0 0 18
23 Auctioneer 33 $20 0 0 0 18
24 Electrical Helper 2 $20 2 0 0 17
25 Pharmacy Technician 12 $20 0 0 0 16
26 Vegetation Pesticide Handler 51 $75 0 2 0 0
27 Dental Assistant 7 $40 2 2 0 0
28 Pest Control Applicator 51 $50 0 2 0 0
29 Title Examiner 6 $95 0 1 0 0
30 Travel Guide 21 $125 0 0 0 0
31 Fisher 41 $120 0 0 0 0
32 Coach (School Sports) 24 $35 1 0 0 0
33 Taxidermist 26 $44 0 0 0 0
34 Packager 7 $40 0 0 0 0
35 Bill Collector Agency 30 $20 0 0 0 0
36 HVAC Contractor (General/Commercial) 40 $15 0 0 0 0

(Last updated April 24, 2012)

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