Maine licenses 46 out of 102 lower-income occupations (more than half of the occupations included in the study) . The state’s licensing laws are about average when compared to other states. The state's licensing laws rank 26th in the nation. Maine licensed occupations includes occupations that are rarely licensed elsewhere. Few other states license Dietetic Technician (2 other), Log Scaler (2 other), Tree Trimmer (8 other), Electrical Helper (3 other), Animal Control Officer (7 other), Funeral Attendant (3 other), Packer (7 other).
On average, Maine requires $226 in licensing fees, 323 days of education and about 1 exam. Fees for a license exceed $1000 for Interpreter, Sign Language, Midwife, Direct Entry.
Out of the 46 occupations that require an occupational license in Maine, a license for Preschool Teacher, Public School has the highest burden. A Preschool Teacher, Public School license requires $421 in fees, 2 exams, 2 years experience, and 4 years of education.
Out of the 46 occupations that require an occupational license in Maine, a license for Milk Sampler has the lowest burden. A Milk Sampler license requires $1 in fees, no exams, no experience, and no of education.
An occupational license in Maine costs the most for Midwife, Direct Entry. A Midwife, Direct Entry license requires $1596 in fees, 1 exams, no experience, and 2 years of education.
An occupational license for in Maine costs the least for Coach, Head (High School Sports). A Coach, Head (High School Sports) license requires $0 in fees, no exams, no experience, and 7 clock hours of education.
In Maine, an occupational license takes the most time (due to required education/experience) for Preschool Teacher, Public School. It takes 2190 days (6 years) total. A Preschool Teacher, Public School license requires $421 in fees, 2 exams, 2 years experience, and 4 years of education.
In Maine, an occupational license takes the least time due to required education/experience (0 days) for Massage Therapist, Bus Driver, City/Transit, Truck Driver, Tractor-Trailer, Truck Driver, Other, Vegetation Pesticide Applicator, Tree Trimmer, Pest Control Applicator, Child Care Home, Family, Electrical Helper, Auctioneer, Taxidermist, Bill Collection Agency, Gaming Cage Worker, Gaming Dealer, Gaming Supervisor, Slot Supervisor, Animal Breeder, Funeral Attendant, Packer, Fisher, Commercial, Pharmacy Technician, Landscape Contractor (Commercial), Landscape Contractor (Residential), Weigher, Milk Sampler.
In Maine, to obtain an occupational license there is at least one exam required for: Preschool Teacher, Public School, Interpreter, Sign Language, Athletic Trainer, Earth Driller, Water Well, Travel Guide, Fire Alarm Installer, Security Alarm Installer, Midwife, Direct Entry, Dietetic Technician, Mobile Home Installer, Log Scaler, Veterinary Technician, School Bus Driver, Cosmetologist, Barber, Massage Therapist, Makeup Artist, Skin Care Specialist, Bus Driver, City/Transit, Truck Driver, Tractor-Trailer, Emergency Medical Technician, Truck Driver, Other, Vegetation Pesticide Applicator, Tree Trimmer, Manicurist, Pest Control Applicator, Auctioneer, Taxidermist, Animal Control Officer. School Bus Driver, Vegetation Pesticide Applicator require 6 exams.
Maine licenses 45 of the 102 lower-income occupations studied here. Its laws are the 31st most burdensome, requiring an average of $188 in fees, 298 days of education and experience, and around one exam. It ranks as the 33rd most broadly and onerously licensed, placing it among the lower half of states but still leaving plenty of room for improvement.
Maine licenses several occupations that are not licensed by other states. For example, three of Maine’s licensed occupations are licensed by only one other state each: electrical helpers, dietetic technicians and log scalers. The latter two occupations also face fairly burdensome requirements. Dietetic technicians must pay $171 in fees, demonstrate about 835 days of education and experience (comprising two years of education and 450 hours of experience), and pass one exam. Meanwhile, log scalers must pay a $25 fee, demonstrate 730 days (two years) of experience and pass one exam.
Maine also imposes more onerous burdens on some occupations than on others that may present greater risks to the public. For example, barbers and cosmetologists must complete 1,500 hours (around 350 days) of education to become licensed. That is over 13 times the hours required to obtain Maine’s EMT license and begin working as an emergency first responder (111 hours, or about 26 days). Maine could improve employment prospects in the state by reducing or repealing heavy licensing burdens for barbers, cosmetologists and many other occupations, or—if government regulation is necessary—by replacing them with less restrictive regulatory alternatives such as inspections or voluntary certification.
|Burden Rank||Occupation||Number of States that License||Fees||Education/Experience (Days)||Education||Experience||Exams||Minimum Grade||Minimum Age|
|1||Preschool Teacher, Public School||50||421||2190||4 years||2 years||2||0||0|
|2||Interpreter, Sign Language||22||1256||1460||4 years||None||2||12||18|
|3||Athletic Trainer||49||501||1460||4 years||None||1||0||0|
|4||Earth Driller, Water Well||51||268||1460||None||4 years||2||0||0|
|5||Travel Guide||37||235||1095||None||3 years||2||0||18|
|6||Fire Alarm Installer||39||256||996||270 clock hours||4000 clock hours||1||0||0|
|6||Security Alarm Installer||37||256||996||270 clock hours||4000 clock hours||1||0||0|
|8||Midwife, Direct Entry||37||1596||730||2 years||None||1||12||0|
|9||Dietetic Technician||2||171||835||2 years||450 clock hours||1||0||0|
|10||Mobile Home Installer||37||121||731||5 clock hours||2 years||1||0||18|
|11||Log Scaler||2||25||730||None||2 years||1||0||18|
|12||Veterinary Technician||36||366||730||2 years||None||1||0||0|
|13||School Bus Driver||51||164||365||None||1 year||6||0||21|
|14||Cosmetologist||51||150||350||1500 clock hours||None||2||0||0|
|15||Barber||51||41||350||1500 clock hours||None||2||0||0|
|17||Makeup Artist||37||231||140||600 clock hours||None||2||0||0|
|17||Skin Care Specialist||51||231||140||600 clock hours||None||2||0||0|
|19||Bus Driver, City/Transit||51||124||0||None||None||5||0||21|
|20||Truck Driver, Tractor-Trailer||51||104||0||None||None||5||0||16|
|21||Coach, Head (High School Sports)||47||0||1||7 clock hours||None||0||12||0|
|22||Emergency Medical Technician||51||119||39||5.5 credit hours||None||2||0||16|
|23||Truck Driver, Other||51||104||0||None||None||4||0||16|
|24||Vegetation Pesticide Applicator||51||195||0||None||None||6||0||0|
|26||Manicurist||51||131||47||200 clock hours||None||2||0||0|
|27||Pest Control Applicator||51||175||0||None||None||4||0||0|
|28||Child Care Home, Family||44||160||0||None||None||0||0||18|
|32||Animal Control Officer||7||50||11||45 clock hours||None||1||0||0|
|33||Bill Collection Agency||29||300||0||None||None||0||0||0|
|34||Gaming Cage Worker||30||299||0||None||None||0||0||0|
|43||Landscape Contractor (Commercial)||47||25||0||None||None||0||0||0|
|43||Landscape Contractor (Residential)||48||25||0||None||None||0||0||0|
The data and information here come from IJ’s License to Work report, released in November 2022.View Report