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

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

Wyoming



Highlights

24 out of 102 moderate-income occupations licensed
32nd most burdensome licensing laws
51st most extensively and onerously licensed state

(Last updated April 24, 2012)

Summary

Of all the states, Wyoming puts the fewest barriers in the way of those wishing to enter low- and moderate-income occupations. The state requires licenses for only 24 of the 102 low- and moderate-income occupations studied. However, the burdens imposed on would-be practitioners of these occupations are fairly high: on average, $173 in fees, 196 days lost to education and experience and two exams, making the state's laws the 32nd most burdensome.

While Wyoming is the least broadly and onerously licensed state, it could ease the path to employment in the occupations it currently licenses by reducing or eliminating excessive requirements. For example, Wyoming demands above-average education and experience to become a cosmetologist -- 467 days lost versus a national average of 372. It is also one of only 21 states to license travel guides (usually for outdoor or hunting excursions) and one of only three with a training requirement, costing prospective guides a full year.

(Last updated May 2, 2012)

Licensing Requirements

Burden RankOccupationNumber of States that LicenseFeesEducation/Experience (Days)ExamsMinimum GradeMinimum Age
1 Preschool Teacher 49 $200 1,825 1 0 0
2 Athletic Trainer 46 $300 1,460 1 0 0
3 Cosmetologist 51 $102 467 2 10 16
4 Travel Guide 21 $150 365 1 0 18
5 Barber 50 $125 175 2 12 17
6 Makeup Artist 36 $90 140 2 10 16
6 Skin Care Specialist 50 $90 140 2 10 16
8 Manicurist 50 $97 93 2 10 0
9 Cathodic Protection Tester 16 $1,500 8 2 0 0
10 School Bus Driver 51 $85 0 6 0 18
11 Bus Driver (City/Transit) 51 $85 0 5 0 18
12 Child Care Worker 33 $0 1 0 12 18
13 Emergency Medical Technician 51 $70 37 2 0 18
14 Truck Driver 51 $85 0 4 0 18
15 Teacher Assistant 29 $45 0 1 12 0
16 Earth Driller 47 $250 0 1 0 18
17 Vegetation Pesticide Handler 51 $25 0 2 0 16
17 Pest Control Applicator 51 $25 0 2 0 16
19 Bill Collector Agency 30 $500 0 0 0 0
20 Tank Tester 14 $75 0 1 0 0
21 Fire Alarm Installer 34 $0 0 1 0 0
21 Security Alarm Installer 34 $0 0 1 0 0
23 Fisher 41 $182 0 0 0 0
24 Taxidermist 26 $67 0 0 0 0

(Last updated April 24, 2012)

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