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

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

Vermont



Highlights

27 out of 102 moderate-income occupations licensed
9th most burdensome licensing laws
44th most extensively and onerously licensed state

(Last updated April 24, 2012)

Summary

Vermont is the 44th most broadly and onerously licensed state. This ranking is primarily because Vermont licenses only 27 of the 102 low- to moderate-income occupations studied. On average, it requires these aspiring practitioners to pay $174 in fees, lose 402 days to education and experience and take two exams. These requirements make for the ninth most burdensome licensing laws.

The most burdensome requirements are for fire and security alarm installers. These aspiring workers lose nearly five-and-a-half years to experience while the average across the 34 states that license these occupations is less than a year and a half. Aspiring cosmetologists across the country pay average fees of $142, but Vermont charges $235 in fees. As one of only seven states that license entry-level dental assistants, Vermont charges the highest fees of $110; the average in other states is $50.

(Last updated May 2, 2012)

Licensing Requirements

Burden RankOccupationNumber of States that LicenseFeesEducation/Experience (Days)ExamsMinimum GradeMinimum Age
1 Fire Alarm Installer 34 $250 2,001 1 0 0
1 Security Alarm Installer 34 $250 2,001 1 0 0
3 Preschool Teacher 49 $179 1,825 2 0 0
4 Athletic Trainer 46 $400 1,460 1 0 0
5 Earth Driller 47 $105 1,095 2 0 0
6 Optician 22 $70 730 1 12 18
7 Midwife 29 $100 730 1 12 0
8 Cosmetologist 51 $235 350 3 12 18
9 Barber 50 $120 233 3 12 18
10 Skin Care Specialist 50 $185 140 3 12 18
10 Makeup Artist 36 $185 140 3 12 18
12 Manicurist 50 $70 93 2 12 0
13 Cathodic Protection Tester 16 $1,500 8 2 0 0
14 School Bus Driver 51 $132 0 6 0 18
15 Bus Driver (City/Transit) 51 $122 0 5 0 18
16 Truck Driver 51 $92 0 4 0 18
17 Emergency Medical Technician 51 $0 26 2 0 18
18 Security Guard 37 $50 9 0 0 18
19 Weigher 24 $15 0 0 0 18
20 Bartender 13 $0 1 0 0 18
21 Vegetation Pesticide Handler 51 $75 0 2 0 0
21 Pest Control Applicator 51 $75 0 2 0 0
23 Auctioneer 33 $225 9 0 0 0
24 Coach (School Sports) 24 $100 2 0 0 0
25 Dental Assistant 7 $110 0 0 0 0
26 Funeral Attendant 9 $50 1 0 0 0
27 Animal Breeder 26 $10 0 0 0 0

(Last updated April 24, 2012)

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