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

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

New Hampshire



Highlights

34 out of 102 moderate-income occupations licensed
28th most burdensome licensing laws
43rd most extensively and onerously licensed state

(Last updated April 24, 2012)

Summary

New Hampshire requires a license to perform 34 of the 102 low- to moderate-income occupations studied. It ranks as the 43rd most broadly and onerously licensed state. On average, aspiring practitioners pay $209 in fees, lose 230 days to training and take two exams -- the 28th most burdensome licensing laws. Despite these better-than-average rankings, New Hampshire has room to improve.

New Hampshire imposes above-average barriers on some occupations. For example, it requires two years of training to become a mobile home installer, while the average across licensed states is just about eight months. Aspiring midwives must pay $920 in fees, whereas the average across licensed states is $619.

Eleven of the occupations New Hampshire licenses are also licensed by less than half of the other states. For example, New Hampshire is one of only five states that license shampooers. Occupations like these, where other states are doing fine without licensing an occupation, are candidates for reform.

So are occupations whose burdens appear out-of-line with public safety concerns. For example, in New Hampshire, it takes months of training to become a licensed cosmetologist, barber, massage therapist, skin care specialist or manicurist, but only 26 days to earn a license as an emergency medical technician.

(Last updated May 1, 2012)

Licensing Requirements

Burden RankOccupationNumber of States that LicenseFeesEducation/Experience (Days)ExamsMinimum GradeMinimum Age
1 Preschool Teacher 49 $130 1,825 2 0 0
2 Athletic Trainer 46 $450 1,460 1 0 0
3 Earth Driller 47 $260 1,095 1 0 0
4 Midwife 29 $920 730 3 12 0
5 School Bus Driver 51 $80 732 6 0 18
6 Mobile Home Installer 39 $75 731 0 0 18
7 Cosmetologist 51 $124 350 2 12 0
8 Barber 50 $124 187 2 12 16
9 Massage Therapist 39 $125 175 2 12 0
10 Makeup Artist 36 $154 140 3 12 0
10 Skin Care Specialist 50 $154 140 3 12 0
12 Manicurist 50 $119 70 2 12 0
13 Sign Language Interpreter 16 $860 2 3 0 18
14 Cathodic Protection Tester 16 $1,500 8 2 0 0
15 Animal Trainer 20 $0 90 0 0 18
16 Bus Driver (City/Transit) 51 $70 0 5 0 18
17 Truck Driver 51 $60 0 4 0 18
18 Emergency Medical Technician 51 $70 26 2 0 18
19 Pest Control Applicator 51 $20 0 3 0 18
19 Vegetation Pesticide Handler 51 $20 0 3 0 18
21 Shampooer 5 $25 35 0 0 16
22 Weigher 24 $106 0 1 0 18
23 Travel Guide 21 $60 0 1 0 18
24 Pharmacy Technician 12 $25 0 0 0 18
25 Child Care Worker 33 $27 0 0 0 16
26 Auctioneer 33 $115 19 1 0 0
27 Slot Key Person 21 $510 0 0 0 0
27 Gaming Supervisor 23 $510 0 0 0 0
29 Animal Breeder 26 $200 0 0 0 0
30 Coach (School Sports) 24 $45 1 0 0 0
31 Taxidermist 26 $50 0 0 0 0
31 Fisher 41 $50 0 0 0 0
33 Gaming Dealer 24 $40 0 0 0 0
34 Security Guard 37 $20 0 0 0 0

(Last updated April 24, 2012)

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