Missouri licenses 33 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 28th in the nation.
On average, Missouri requires $192 in licensing fees, 281 days of education and about 1 exam. Fees for a license exceed $1000 for Gaming Supervisor, Slot Supervisor.
Out of the 33 occupations that require an occupational license in Missouri, a license for Preschool Teacher, Public School has the highest burden. A Preschool Teacher, Public School license requires $196 in fees, 3 exams, 4 years experience, and 30 contact hours & 4 years of education.
Out of the 33 occupations that require an occupational license in Missouri, 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 Missouri costs the most for Gaming Supervisor, Slot Supervisor where the license costs $1000.
An occupational license for in Missouri 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 4 years & 13 clock hours of education.
In Missouri, an occupational license takes the most time (due to required education/experience) for Preschool Teacher, Public School. It takes 2927 days (8 years and 7 days) total. A Preschool Teacher, Public School license requires $196 in fees, 3 exams, 4 years experience, and 30 contact hours & 4 years of education.
In Missouri, an occupational license takes the least time due to required education/experience (0 days) for Gaming Supervisor, Slot Supervisor, School Bus Driver, Bus Driver, City/Transit, Truck Driver, Tractor-Trailer, Truck Driver, Other, Vegetation Pesticide Applicator, Animal Breeder, Gaming Cage Worker, Gaming Dealer, Child Care Home, Family, Milk Sampler, Pharmacy Technician, Auctioneer, Landscape Contractor (Commercial), Landscape Contractor (Residential), Taxidermist, Fisher, Commercial.
In Missouri, to obtain an occupational license there is at least one exam required for: Preschool Teacher, Public School, Athletic Trainer, Earth Driller, Water Well, Veterinary Technician, Cosmetologist, Interpreter, Sign Language, Pest Control Applicator, Barber, Skin Care Specialist, Makeup Artist, Manicurist, Massage Therapist, School Bus Driver, Bus Driver, City/Transit, Truck Driver, Tractor-Trailer, Truck Driver, Other, Emergency Medical Technician, Vegetation Pesticide Applicator, Mobile Home Installer, Milk Sampler. School Bus Driver requires 6 exams.
Missouri’s occupational licensing laws for lower-income occupations are the 22nd most burdensome in the nation. Its laws require, on average, $179 in fees, 348 days of education and experience, and around one exam. Missouri licenses fewer lower-income occupations than average (37 of the 102 studied here), making it only the 43rd most broadly and onerously licensed state.
Missouri is the only state to license psychiatric aides, who work under the direct supervision of licensed nurses and other medical professionals to assist mentally impaired and emotionally disturbed patients. Missouri is also one of only five states to license psychiatric technicians, who are allowed to perform more skilled work than psychiatric aides. Making matters worse, Missouri licenses these rarely licensed occupations onerously, requiring two years (730 days) of experience for both.
Missouri also imposes education and fee burdens on some occupations that seem excessive compared to those for other occupations that may present greater risks to the public. For example, veterinary technicians, who are licensed by only 36 states, must complete two years (730 days) of education and pay $360 in fees to become licensed in Missouri. Meanwhile, EMTs—who provide emergency first aid to humans—need complete just 100 hours (roughly 23 days) of education and pay just $80 in fees. Missouri should reduce or repeal its illogically burdensome requirements for vet techs and other occupations, or—if government regulation is necessary—replace 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||Preschool Teacher, Public School||50||196||2927||30 contact hours & 4 years||4 years||3||0||0|
|2||Athletic Trainer||49||415||1460||4 years||None||1||0||0|
|3||Coach, Head (High School Sports)||47||0||1462||4 years & 13 clock hours||None||0||0||0|
|4||Earth Driller, Water Well||51||110||730||None||2 years||2||0||18|
|5||Veterinary Technician||36||375||730||2 years||None||2||0||0|
|6||Cosmetologist||51||138||350||1500 clock hours||None||2||10||17|
|7||Interpreter, Sign Language||22||442||420||60 credit hours||None||2||0||18|
|8||Pest Control Applicator||51||155||365||None||1 year||2||0||18|
|9||Barber||51||158||233||1000 clock hours||None||2||10||17|
|10||Skin Care Specialist||51||168||175||750 clock hours||None||2||10||17|
|11||Makeup Artist||37||135||175||750 clock hours||None||2||10||17|
|12||Manicurist||51||168||93||400 clock hours||None||2||10||17|
|13||Massage Therapist||45||363||117||500 clock hours||None||1||0||18|
|16||School Bus Driver||51||86||0||None||None||6||0||18|
|17||Bus Driver, City/Transit||51||86||0||None||None||5||0||18|
|17||Truck Driver, Tractor-Trailer||51||86||0||None||None||5||0||18|
|19||Truck Driver, Other||51||86||0||None||None||4||0||18|
|20||Emergency Medical Technician||51||140||26||110 clock hours||None||2||0||18|
|21||Vegetation Pesticide Applicator||51||155||0||None||None||2||0||18|
|22||Mobile Home Installer||37||150||1||8 clock hours||None||1||0||18|
|23||Gaming Cage Worker||30||125||0||None||None||0||0||18|
|26||Child Care Home, Family||44||42||0||1 clock hour||None||0||0||18|
|30||Landscape Contractor (Commercial)||47||50||0||None||None||0||0||0|
|30||Landscape Contractor (Residential)||48||50||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