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Florida

56 out of 102 moderate-income occupations licensed

5th most burdensome licensing laws for moderate-income occupations

21st most extensively and onerously licensed state for moderate-income occupations

Summary

License to Work

The data and information here come from IJ’s License to Work report, released in November 2017.

Florida is one of the worst states in the nation for occupational licensing. It licenses 56 of the 102 lower-income occupations studied here, and its licensing laws rank as the fifth most burdensome. On average, they require $318 in fees, 693 days of education and experience, and around one exam. Because it licenses fewer occupations than states with similarly high burdens, Florida ranks as the 21st most widely and onerously licensed state.

Florida is one of only four states that license interior designers—the most arduously licensed occupation in this study. Aspiring interior designers must complete six years (2,190 days) of education, pay $1,120 in fees and pass one exam to perform commercial work in Florida. Such heavy burdens seem incongruent given that 47 other states do not license interior designers at all.

Florida also licenses several occupations more severely than it does others that may present greater risk to the public. For example, the education requirements to become a barber or cosmetologist are over 10 times higher than those to become an EMT (1,200 hours versus 110 hours, or roughly 280 days versus roughly 26 days). Florida could create more avenues to employment in the state by reducing or repealing its illogical requirements for lower-income occupations, or—if government regulation is necessary—by replacing them with less restrictive regulatory alternatives.

State Licensing Requirements for Lower-Income Occupations

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Burden Rank Occupation Number of States that License Fees Education/Experience (Days) Education Experience Exams Minimum Grade Minimum Age
1 Interior Designer 4 $1120 2,190 6 years 1 0 0
2 School Bus Driver 51 $62 1,834 40 clock hours 5 years 6 0 18
3 Preschool Teacher, Public School 50 $555 1,460 4 years 3 0 18
4 Athletic Trainer 49 $525 1,460 4 years and 2 clock hours 1 0 21
5 Drywall Installation Contractor (Commercial) 25 $364 1,460 4 years 2 0 18
5 Drywall Installation Contractor (Residential) 30 $364 1,460 4 years 2 0 18
5 Glazier Contractor (Commercial) 26 $364 1,460 4 years 2 0 18
5 Glazier Contractor (Residential) 30 $364 1,460 4 years 2 0 18
5 HVAC Contractor (Commercial) 37 $364 1,460 4 years 2 0 18
5 HVAC Contractor (Residential) 35 $364 1,460 4 years 2 0 18
5 Pipelayer Contractor 27 $364 1,460 4 years 2 0 18
5 Sheet Metal Contractor, HVAC (Commercial) 37 $364 1,460 4 years 2 0 18
5 Sheet Metal Contractor, HVAC (Residential) 36 $364 1,460 4 years 2 0 18
5 Sheet Metal Contractor, Other (Commercial) 26 $364 1,460 4 years 2 0 18
5 Sheet Metal Contractor, Other (Residential) 31 $364 1,460 4 years 2 0 18
16 Carpenter/Cabinet Maker Contractor (Commercial) 25 $364 1,460 4 years 1 0 18
16 Carpenter/Cabinet Maker Contractor (Residential) 30 $364 1,460 4 years 1 0 18
16 Iron/Steel Contractor (Commercial) 26 $364 1,460 4 years 1 0 18
16 Iron/Steel Contractor (Residential) 30 $364 1,460 4 years 1 0 18
16 Mason Contractor (Commercial) 26 $364 1,460 4 years 1 0 18
16 Mason Contractor (Residential) 31 $364 1,460 4 years 1 0 18
22 Midwife, Direct Entry 28 $1605 1,095 3 years and 1 clock hours 1 12 21
23 Fire Alarm Installer 39 $684 1,095 3 years 2 0 18
23 Security Alarm Installer 37 $684 1,095 3 years 2 0 18
25 Optician 22 $943 731 6 clock hours and 2 years 3 12 18
26 Pest Control Applicator 51 $760 533 24 credit hours 1 years 1 12 18
26 Vegetation Pesticide Applicator 51 $760 533 24 credit hours 1 years 1 12 18
28 Earth Driller, Water Well 51 $150 732 12 clock hours 2 years 1 0 18
29 Barber 51 $428 280 1200 clock hours 1 0 16
30 Cosmetologist 51 $90 280 1200 clock hours 2 0 16
31 Pharmacy Technician 44 $105 245 1050 clock hours 0 0 17
32 Emergency Medical Technician 51 $115 26 110 clock hours 1 12 18
33 Massage Therapist 44 $350 117 500 clock hours 1 0 18
34 Bus Driver, City/Transit 51 $82 0 5 0 18
35 Truck Driver, Tractor-Trailer 51 $75 0 5 0 18
36 Truck Driver, Other 51 $75 0 4 0 18
37 Auctioneer 30 $550 19 80 clock hours 1 0 18
38 Security Guard, Unarmed 34 $87 9 40 clock hours 2 0 18
39 Mobile Home Installer 39 $300 2 12 clock hours 1 0 18
40 Makeup Artist 41 $70 61 260 clock hours 0 0 16
40 Skin Care Specialist 50 $70 61 260 clock hours 0 0 16
42 Manicurist 50 $70 56 240 clock hours 0 0 16
43 Farm Labor Contractor 10 $160 0 1 0 18
44 Gaming Cage Worker 29 $89 0 0 0 21
44 Gaming Supervisor 30 $89 0 0 0 21
44 Slot Supervisor 28 $89 0 0 0 21
47 Child Care Home, Family 44 $70 8 35 clock hours 0 0 18
48 Coach, Head (High School Sports) 48 $75 63 9 credit hours 0 0 0
49 Animal Control Officer 7 $0 9 40 clock hours 1 0 0
50 Travel Agency 7 $300 0 0 0 0
51 Milk Sampler 42 $0 0 1 0 0
52 Bill Collection Agency 31 $200 0 0 0 0
53 Gaming Dealer 28 $159 0 0 0 0
54 Fisher, Commercial 43 $25 0 0 0 0
54 Landscape Contractor (Commercial) 47 $25 0 0 0 0
54 Landscape Contractor (Residential) 48 $25 0 0 0 0