Florida licenses 55 out of 102 lower-income occupations (more than half of the occupations included in the study) . The state’s licensing laws are more burdensome than most other states. The state's licensing laws rank 5th in the nation. Florida licensed occupations includes occupations that are rarely licensed elsewhere. Few other states license Animal Control Officer (7 other), Travel Agency (5 other), Packer (7 other).
On average, Florida requires $300 in licensing fees, 658 days of education and about 1 exam. Fees for a license exceed $1000 for Midwife, Direct Entry.
Out of the 55 occupations that require an occupational license in Florida, a license for School Bus Driver has the highest burden. A School Bus Driver license requires $62 in fees, 6 exams, 5 years experience, and 40 clock hours of education.
Out of the 55 occupations that require an occupational license in Florida, a license for Fisher, Commercial has the lowest burden. A Fisher, Commercial license requires $25 in fees, no exams, no experience, and no of education.
An occupational license in Florida costs the most for Midwife, Direct Entry. A Midwife, Direct Entry license requires $1805 in fees, 1 exams, no experience, and 3 years of education.
An occupational license for in Florida costs the least for Animal Control Officer, Milk Sampler where the license costs $0.
In Florida, an occupational license takes the most time (due to required education/experience) for School Bus Driver. It takes 1834 days (5 years and 9 days) total. A School Bus Driver license requires $62 in fees, 6 exams, 5 years experience, and 40 clock hours of education.
In Florida, an occupational license takes the least time due to required education/experience (0 days) for Bus Driver, City/Transit, Truck Driver, Tractor-Trailer, Truck Driver, Other, Farm Labor Contractor, Travel Agency, Milk Sampler, Bill Collection Agency, Gaming Cage Worker, Gaming Dealer, Gaming Supervisor, Slot Supervisor, Packer, Landscape Contractor (Commercial), Landscape Contractor (Residential), Fisher, Commercial.
In Florida, to obtain an occupational license there is at least one exam required for: School Bus Driver, Preschool Teacher, Public School, Midwife, Direct Entry, Carpenter/Cabinet Maker Contractor (Commercial), Carpenter/Cabinet Maker Contractor (Residential), Drywall Installation Contractor (Commercial), Drywall Installation Contractor (Residential), Glazier Contractor (Commercial), Glazier Contractor (Residential), HVAC Contractor (Commercial), HVAC Contractor (Residential), Iron/Steel Contractor (Commercial), Iron/Steel Contractor (Residential), Mason Contractor (Commercial), Mason Contractor (Residential), Pipelayer Contractor, Sheet Metal Contractor, HVAC (Commercial), Sheet Metal Contractor, HVAC (Residential), Sheet Metal Contractor, Other (Commercial), Sheet Metal Contractor, Other (Residential), Athletic Trainer, Fire Alarm Installer, Security Alarm Installer, Optician, Pest Control Applicator, Vegetation Pesticide Applicator, Earth Driller, Water Well, Cosmetologist, Massage Therapist, Barber, Bus Driver, City/Transit, Truck Driver, Tractor-Trailer, Truck Driver, Other, Auctioneer, Security Guard, Unarmed, Emergency Medical Technician, Mobile Home Installer, Farm Labor Contractor, Child Care Home, Family, Coach, Head (High School Sports), Animal Control Officer, Milk Sampler. School Bus Driver requires 6 exams.
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.
|Burden Rank||Occupation||Number of States that License||Fees||Education/Experience (Days)||Education||Experience||Exams||Minimum Grade||Minimum Age|
|1||School Bus Driver||51||62||1834||40 clock hours||5 years||6||0||21|
|2||Preschool Teacher, Public School||50||505||1460||4 years||None||3||0||18|
|3||Midwife, Direct Entry||37||1805||1095||3 years||None||1||12||21|
|4||Carpenter/Cabinet Maker Contractor (Commercial)||25||364||1460||None||4 years||1||0||18|
|4||Carpenter/Cabinet Maker Contractor (Residential)||30||364||1460||None||4 years||1||0||18|
|4||Drywall Installation Contractor (Commercial)||25||364||1460||None||4 years||1||0||18|
|4||Drywall Installation Contractor (Residential)||30||364||1460||None||4 years||1||0||18|
|4||Glazier Contractor (Commercial)||26||364||1460||None||4 years||1||0||18|
|4||Glazier Contractor (Residential)||30||364||1460||None||4 years||1||0||18|
|4||HVAC Contractor (Commercial)||37||364||1460||None||4 years||1||0||18|
|4||HVAC Contractor (Residential)||35||364||1460||None||4 years||1||0||18|
|4||Iron/Steel Contractor (Commercial)||26||364||1460||None||4 years||1||0||18|
|4||Iron/Steel Contractor (Residential)||30||364||1460||None||4 years||1||0||18|
|4||Mason Contractor (Commercial)||26||364||1460||None||4 years||1||0||18|
|4||Mason Contractor (Residential)||31||364||1460||None||4 years||1||0||18|
|4||Pipelayer Contractor||27||364||1460||None||4 years||1||0||18|
|4||Sheet Metal Contractor, HVAC (Commercial)||37||364||1460||None||4 years||1||0||18|
|4||Sheet Metal Contractor, HVAC (Residential)||36||364||1460||None||4 years||1||0||18|
|4||Sheet Metal Contractor, Other (Commercial)||26||364||1460||None||4 years||1||0||18|
|4||Sheet Metal Contractor, Other (Residential)||31||364||1460||None||4 years||1||0||18|
|21||Athletic Trainer||49||595||1460||4 years||None||1||0||0|
|22||Fire Alarm Installer||39||695||1095||None||3 years||2||0||18|
|22||Security Alarm Installer||37||695||1095||None||3 years||2||0||18|
|24||Optician||22||943||731||4 clock hours & 2 years||None||3||12||18|
|25||Pest Control Applicator||51||610||533||24 credit hours||1 year||1||12||18|
|25||Vegetation Pesticide Applicator||51||610||533||24 credit hours||1 year||1||12||18|
|27||Earth Driller, Water Well||51||150||732||12 clock hours||2 years||1||0||18|
|28||Cosmetologist||51||64||280||1200 clock hours||None||2||0||16|
|29||Massage Therapist||45||350||117||500 clock hours||None||1||0||18|
|30||Barber||51||174||140||602 clock hours||None||1||0||16|
|31||Bus Driver, City/Transit||51||82||0||None||None||5||0||18|
|32||Truck Driver, Tractor-Trailer||51||75||0||None||None||5||0||18|
|33||Truck Driver, Other||51||75||0||None||None||4||0||18|
|34||Auctioneer||28||445||19||80 clock hours||None||1||0||18|
|35||Security Guard, Unarmed||34||98||9||40 clock hours||None||2||0||18|
|36||Emergency Medical Technician||51||133||26||110 clock hours||None||1||0||18|
|37||Mobile Home Installer||37||300||2||12 clock hours||None||1||0||18|
|38||Skin Care Specialist||51||75||51||220 clock hours||None||0||0||16|
|39||Farm Labor Contractor||10||160||0||None||None||1||0||18|
|40||Pharmacy Technician||44||105||37||160 clock hours||None||0||0||17|
|41||Child Care Home, Family||44||87||8||35 clock hours||None||1||0||18|
|42||Manicurist||51||75||42||180 clock hours||None||0||0||16|
|43||Coach, Head (High School Sports)||47||75||63||9 credit hours||None||1||0||0|
|44||Animal Control Officer||7||0||9||40 clock hours||None||1||0||0|
|47||Bill Collection Agency||29||200||0||None||None||0||0||0|
|48||Gaming Cage Worker||30||137||0||None||None||0||0||0|
|53||Landscape Contractor (Commercial)||47||35||0||None||None||0||0||0|
|53||Landscape Contractor (Residential)||48||35||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