Oklahoma licenses 42 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 16th in the nation. Oklahoma licensed occupations includes occupations that are rarely licensed elsewhere. Few other states license Title Examiner (7 other), Dental Assistant (8 other), Packer (7 other).
On average, Oklahoma requires $307 in licensing fees, 405 days of education and about 2 exam. Fees for a license exceed $1000 for Midwife, Direct Entry.
Out of the 42 occupations that require an occupational license in Oklahoma, licenses for , HVAC Contractor (Commercial), HVAC Contractor (Residential), Sheet Metal Contractor, HVAC (Commercial), Sheet Metal Contractor, HVAC (Residential) have the highest burden.
Out of the 42 occupations that require an occupational license in Oklahoma, a license for Packer has the lowest burden. A Packer license requires $35 in fees, no exams, no experience, and no of education.
An occupational license in Oklahoma costs the most for Midwife, Direct Entry. A Midwife, Direct Entry license requires $2300 in fees, 1 exams, no experience, and 2 years of education.
An occupational license for in Oklahoma costs the least for Packer. A Packer license requires $35 in fees, no exams, no experience, and no of education.
In Oklahoma, an occupational license takes the most time (due to required education/experience) for HVAC Contractor (Commercial), HVAC Contractor (Residential), Sheet Metal Contractor, HVAC (Commercial), Sheet Metal Contractor, HVAC (Residential), Security Alarm Installer, Fire Alarm Installer, Preschool Teacher, Public School, Coach, Head (High School Sports), Athletic Trainer.It takes 1460 days (4 years) total.
In Oklahoma, an occupational license takes the least time due to required education/experience (0 days) for Child Care Home, Family, Truck Driver, Tractor-Trailer, Bus Driver, City/Transit, Truck Driver, Other, Vegetation Pesticide Applicator, Title Examiner, Pest Control Applicator, Animal Breeder, Locksmith, Gaming Cage Worker, Gaming Supervisor, Slot Supervisor, Travel Guide, Fisher, Commercial, Dental Assistant, Landscape Contractor (Commercial), Landscape Contractor (Residential), Packer.
In Oklahoma, to obtain an occupational license there is at least one exam required for: HVAC Contractor (Commercial), HVAC Contractor (Residential), Sheet Metal Contractor, HVAC (Commercial), Sheet Metal Contractor, HVAC (Residential), Security Alarm Installer, Fire Alarm Installer, Preschool Teacher, Public School, Coach, Head (High School Sports), Athletic Trainer, Midwife, Direct Entry, Veterinary Technician, Earth Driller, Water Well, Barber, Cosmetologist, Shampooer, Makeup Artist, Manicurist, Skin Care Specialist, Pharmacy Technician, School Bus Driver, Emergency Medical Technician, Truck Driver, Tractor-Trailer, Bus Driver, City/Transit, Truck Driver, Other, Vegetation Pesticide Applicator, Title Examiner, Wildlife Control Operator, Security Guard, Unarmed, Pest Control Applicator, Locksmith. School Bus Driver requires 6 exams.
Oklahoma licenses 41 of the 102 lower-income occupations studied here. Its laws are the 18th most burdensome, requiring an average of $234 in fees, 399 days of education and experience, and around two exams. Because of the state’s higher than average burdens but lower than average number of occupations licensed, Oklahoma ranks as the 35th most broadly and onerously licensed in the nation.
Oklahoma licenses some occupations that are unlicensed elsewhere, such as packers (licensed by just six states), title examiners (seven), dental assistants (nine), locksmiths (14) and veterinary technicians (36). Among those, vet techs are particularly onerously licensed, facing $440 in fees, two years (730 days) of education and two exams. Security and fire alarm installers—each licensed in roughly three dozen states—also face particularly heavy burdens in Oklahoma. The state’s alarm installer licenses require hundreds of dollars in fees and 1,460 days—four years—of experience. But the average education or experience requirement across licensed states is 836 days for security alarm installers and 915 days for fire alarm installers.
Oklahoma also imposes burdens on some occupations that seem excessive compared to those for other occupations that may present greater risks to the public. For example, EMTs must pay $165 in fees, complete 154 hours (around 36 days) of education and pass two exams. But barbers and cosmetologists face education requirements that are nearly 10 times as high—1,500 hours (roughly 350 days). Oklahoma could improve employment prospects for its lower-income residents by reducing or repealing its arduous requirements for barbers, cosmetologists and 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||HVAC Contractor (Commercial)||37||615||1460||None||4 years||2||0||19|
|1||HVAC Contractor (Residential)||35||615||1460||None||4 years||2||0||19|
|1||Sheet Metal Contractor, HVAC (Commercial)||37||615||1460||None||4 years||2||0||19|
|1||Sheet Metal Contractor, HVAC (Residential)||36||615||1460||None||4 years||2||0||19|
|5||Security Alarm Installer||37||510||1460||None||4 years||2||0||18|
|6||Fire Alarm Installer||39||469||1460||None||4 years||2||0||18|
|7||Preschool Teacher, Public School||50||340||1460||4 years||None||2||0||0|
|8||Coach, Head (High School Sports)||47||328||1460||4 years||None||2||0||0|
|9||Athletic Trainer||49||557||1460||4 years||None||1||0||0|
|10||Midwife, Direct Entry||37||2300||730||2 years||None||1||12||18|
|11||Veterinary Technician||36||455||730||2 years||None||2||0||0|
|12||Earth Driller, Water Well||51||550||730||None||2 years||1||0||0|
|13||Barber||51||60||350||1500 clock hours||None||2||8||16|
|13||Cosmetologist||51||60||350||1500 clock hours||None||2||8||16|
|13||Shampooer||33||60||350||1500 clock hours||None||2||8||16|
|16||Makeup Artist||37||60||140||600 clock hours||None||2||8||16|
|16||Manicurist||51||60||140||600 clock hours||None||2||8||16|
|16||Skin Care Specialist||51||60||140||600 clock hours||None||2||8||16|
|19||Pharmacy Technician||44||40||140||None||600 clock hours||1||12||0|
|20||Child Care Home, Family||44||64||0||None||None||0||12||21|
|21||School Bus Driver||51||123||4||24 clock hours||None||6||0||18|
|22||Emergency Medical Technician||51||183||59||252 clock hours||None||2||0||18|
|23||Truck Driver, Tractor-Trailer||51||163||0||None||None||5||0||18|
|24||Bus Driver, City/Transit||51||123||0||None||None||5||0||18|
|25||Truck Driver, Other||51||143||0||None||None||4||0||18|
|26||Vegetation Pesticide Applicator||51||680||0||None||None||4||0||0|
|28||Wildlife Control Operator||23||275||3||16 clock hours||None||1||0||18|
|29||Security Guard, Unarmed||34||131||9||40 clock hours||None||1||0||18|
|30||Pest Control Applicator||51||385||0||None||None||3||0||0|
|32||Mobile Home Installer||37||400||1||8 clock hours||None||0||0||0|
|34||Gaming Cage Worker||30||166||0||None||None||0||0||0|
|40||Landscape Contractor (Commercial)||47||38||0||None||None||0||0||0|
|40||Landscape Contractor (Residential)||48||38||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