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

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

Tennessee



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.

(Last updated May 2, 2012)

Licensing Requirements

Burden RankOccupationNumber of States that LicenseFeesEducation/Experience (Days)ExamsMinimum GradeMinimum Age
1 Preschool Teacher 49 $0 1,825 1 0 0
2 Pest Control Applicator 51 $150 1,460 2 0 18
2 Vegetation Pesticide Handler 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 $1,000 730 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 Skin Care Specialist 50 $190 175 2 0 16
13 Makeup Artist 36 $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 Insulation Contractor (General/Commercial) 29 $294 0 1 0 0
31 Door Repair Contractor 35 $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 Iron/Steel Contractor (General/Commercial) 31 $294 0 1 0 0
31 Terrazzo Contractor (General/Commercial) 29 $294 0 1 0 0
31 Painting Contractor (General/Commercial) 28 $294 0 1 0 0
31 Sheet Metal Contractor (General/Commercial) 28 $294 0 1 0 0
31 Floor Sander Contractor (General/Commercial) 29 $294 0 1 0 0
31 Carpenter/Cabinet Maker Contractor (General/Commercial) 30 $294 0 1 0 0
31 Drywall Installation Contractor (General/Commercial) 30 $294 0 1 0 0
31 Pipelayer Contractor 29 $294 0 1 0 0
31 Mason Contractor (General/Commercial) 29 $294 0 1 0 0
31 Paving Equipment Operator Contractor 27 $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

(Last updated April 24, 2012)

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