Analysis of occupational licensing burdens ranks Colorado No. 36


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Colorado ranked 36th among U.S. states that have burdensome licensing laws for lower-income jobs, according to a report by the Institute for Justice (IJ).

Colorado requires an occupational license for 34 out of 102 lower-income jobs studied in the IJ analysis, making it the 47th “most broadly and onerously licensed state.” The report says licensed workers pay an average of $344 in fees and lose an average of 260 days to education, experience, and usually at least one exam.

How do the burdens of getting an occupational license compare in Colorado?

Colorado occupational licensing requirements

Burden RankOccupationStates LicensedFeesEstimated Calendar Days LostEducationExperienceExams
1Preschool Teacher, Public School50$2801,8254 years and 1 years

1
2Midwife, Direct Entry28$2,1001,1953 years5 births1
3Athletic Trainer49$4001,4604 years

1
4Earth Driller, Water Well51$230730

2 years3
5Bill Collection Agency31$1,500730

2 years0
6Pest Control Applicator51$513728

24 months2
7Cosmetologist51$1774201800 clock hours

2
8Barber51$1553501500 clock hours

2
9Psychiatric Technician5$6522432 credit hours

1
10Shampooer37$1552801200 clock hours

2
11Mobile Home Installer39$1001838 clock hours6 months1
12Makeup Artist41$177140600 clock hours

2
12Manicurist50$177140600 clock hours

2
12Skin Care Specialist50$177140600 clock hours

2
15Vegetation Pesticide Applicator51$576121

4 months4
16Massage Therapist44$315117500 clock hours

1
17School Bus Driver51$1320

6
18Bus Driver, City/Transit51$2570

5
18Truck Driver, Tractor-Trailer51$2570

5
20Truck Driver, Other51$2570

4
21Gaming Supervisor30$1,2750

0
21Slot Supervisor28$1,2750

0
23Emergency Medical Technician51$9835150 clock hours

2
24Child Care Home,

Family

44$433

16 clock hours1
25Travel Guide37$1001250 clock hours

0
26Gaming Cage Worker29$1150

0
26Gaming Dealer28$1150

0
28Coach, Head (High School Sports)48                         *$7514.5 clock hours

1
29Milk Sampler42$500

1
30Weigher25$250

1
31Animal Breeder28$3060

0
32Landscape Contractor (Commercial)47$900

0
32Landscape Contractor (Residential)48$900

0
34Fisher, Commercial43$400

0
Source: Institute for Justice

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