Wyoming licenses 26 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 22nd in the nation.
On average, Wyoming requires $373 in licensing fees, 259 days of education and about 2 exam. Fees for a license exceed $1000 for Midwife, Direct Entry, Travel Guide.
Out of the 26 occupations that require an occupational license in Wyoming, a license for Athletic Trainer has the highest burden. A Athletic Trainer license requires $605 in fees, 2 exams, no experience, and 4 years of education.
Out of the 26 occupations that require an occupational license in Wyoming, licenses for Landscape Contractor (Commercial), Landscape Contractor (Residential) have the lowest burden.
An occupational license in Wyoming costs the most for Midwife, Direct Entry. A Midwife, Direct Entry license requires $2500 in fees, 1 exams, no experience, and 2 years of education.
An occupational license for in Wyoming costs the least for Vegetation Pesticide Applicator, Pest Control Applicator, Landscape Contractor (Commercial), Landscape Contractor (Residential) where the license costs $25.
In Wyoming, an occupational license takes the most time (due to required education/experience) for Athletic Trainer, Preschool Teacher, Public School.It takes 1460 days (4 years) total.
In Wyoming, an occupational license takes the least time due to required education/experience (0 days) for School Bus Driver, Bus Driver, City/Transit, Truck Driver, Tractor-Trailer, Vegetation Pesticide Applicator, Truck Driver, Other, Earth Driller, Water Well, Pest Control Applicator, Taxidermist, Landscape Contractor (Commercial), Landscape Contractor (Residential).
In Wyoming, to obtain an occupational license there is at least one exam required for: Athletic Trainer, Preschool Teacher, Public School, Midwife, Direct Entry, Fire Alarm Installer, Security Alarm Installer, Travel Guide, Cosmetologist, Bill Collection Agency, Barber, Shampooer, Skin Care Specialist, Pharmacy Technician, Manicurist, School Bus Driver, Coach, Head (High School Sports), Bus Driver, City/Transit, Truck Driver, Tractor-Trailer, Emergency Medical Technician, Vegetation Pesticide Applicator, Truck Driver, Other, Earth Driller, Water Well, Pest Control Applicator. School Bus Driver requires 6 exams.
Wyoming’s licensing laws for lower-income occupations are the 25th most burdensome, requiring, on average, $345 in fees, 280 days of education and experience, and around two exams. But Wyoming licenses fewer of the 102 occupations studied here than any other state—just 26—making it the least broadly and onerously licensed state.
Although Wyoming licenses relatively few occupations, some of its licenses are more burdensome than average. For example, Wyoming has one of the most burdensome cosmetology licenses in the nation, requiring roughly 467 days (2,000 hours) of education, while the national average for the occupation is 386 days.
Wyoming also licenses some occupations more onerously than others that may present a greater risk to public safety. For example, EMTs can become licensed after completing roughly 42 days (180 hours) of education and paying a $39 fee. A person wishing to open a bill collection agency, however, must demonstrate a year of experience and pay $600 in fees. Wyoming could expand lower-income employment opportunities in the state by reducing or repealing its burdens for bill collection agencies and other occupations, or—if government regulation is necessary—by replacing them with less restrictive regulatory alternatives.
|Burden Rank||Occupation||Number of States that License||Fees||Education/Experience (Days)||Education||Experience||Exams||Minimum Grade||Minimum Age|
|1||Athletic Trainer||49||605||1460||4 years||None||2||0||18|
|2||Preschool Teacher, Public School||50||355||1460||4 years||None||1||0||0|
|3||Midwife, Direct Entry||37||2500||730||2 years||None||1||12||0|
|4||Fire Alarm Installer||39||255||548||None||1.5 years||1||0||0|
|4||Security Alarm Installer||37||255||548||None||1.5 years||1||0||0|
|6||Travel Guide||37||2370||368||12 clock hours & 1 day||1 year||4||0||18|
|7||Cosmetologist||51||148||373||1600 clock hours||None||2||10||16|
|8||Bill Collection Agency||29||651||365||None||1 year||1||0||0|
|9||Barber||51||200||233||1000 clock hours||None||2||10||17|
|9||Shampooer||33||200||233||1000 clock hours||None||2||10||17|
|11||Skin Care Specialist||51||123||140||600 clock hours||None||2||10||16|
|12||Pharmacy Technician||44||229||117||500 clock hours||None||1||12||18|
|13||Manicurist||51||148||93||400 clock hours||None||2||10||16|
|14||Child Care Home, Family||44||89||7||32 clock hours||None||0||12||18|
|15||School Bus Driver||51||180||0||None||None||6||0||18|
|16||Coach, Head (High School Sports)||47||100||19||12 clock hours & 84 contact hours||None||2||12||0|
|17||Bus Driver, City/Transit||51||180||0||None||None||5||0||18|
|17||Truck Driver, Tractor-Trailer||51||180||0||None||None||5||0||18|
|19||Emergency Medical Technician||51||137||35||150 clock hours||None||2||0||18|
|20||Vegetation Pesticide Applicator||51||25||0||None||None||5||0||16|
|21||Truck Driver, Other||51||180||0||None||None||4||0||18|
|22||Earth Driller, Water Well||51||450||0||None||None||3||0||18|
|23||Pest Control Applicator||51||25||0||None||None||2||0||16|
|25||Landscape Contractor (Commercial)||47||25||0||None||None||0||0||0|
|25||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