Saturday, August 25, 2007

Reason Foundation's list of occupations licensed by states

Though the list is incomplete, it is still an amazing testimony to our belief in the omniscience of the state. After reading, ask yourself one question: Do you really feel safer knowing that the state requires licenses for these professions? (hint: Remember it is the state that requires the license, usually based on pressure from those already in the occupation as a means to keep others -- new competitors -- out of the occupation: The modern guild societies.)

From Reason Foundation policy study,
Occupational Licensing: Ranking the States and Exploring Alternatives:

California, Connecticut, Maine, New Hampshire Restrict the Most Jobs

Hair braider, fortune teller, florist and interior designer are some of the jobs for which states require licenses

Do you want to be a fortune teller in Maryland? Your future better include a license from the state. How about being a hair braider in Mississippi? You'll need 300 to 1,500 hours of training and government permission. Want to sell flowers in Louisiana? Only licensed florists can do that. And almost every state requires certification if you want to move furniture and hang art while calling yourself an interior designer.

In California, there are a total of 177 different jobs that require a special license or credential, the most in the country, according to a new Reason Foundation study examining occupational licensing trends.

Northeastern states aren’t much better. Connecticut, Maine and New Hampshire all require job seekers to obtain a license before performing more than 130 jobs. In stark contrast, you can do most of those very same jobs - without a license - in Missouri, where just 41 careers require certification.

The list (incompete) of occupations that require an Ohio state license:

1 Accountants and Auditors
2 Aerospace Engineers
3 Appraisers and Assessors of Real Estate
4 Architects, Except Landscape and Naval
5 Audiologists
6 Barbers
7 Boiler Operators and Tenders, Low Pressure
8 Bus Drivers, School
9 Bus Drivers, Transit and Intercity
10 Chemical Engineers
11 Chiropractors
12 Civil Engineers
13 Computer Hardware Engineers
14 Cosmetologists, Hairdressers, and Hairstylists
15 Counselors, All Other
16 Dental Hygienists
17 Dentists, General
18 Dieticians and Nutritionists
19 Education Administrators, All Other
20 Education Administrators, Elementary and Secondary
21 Educational, Vocational, and School Counselors
22 Electrical Engineers
23 Electricians
24 Elementary (Public) School Teachers, Except Special Education
25 Emergency Medical Technicians and Paramedics
26 Engineers, All Other
27 Fishers and Related Fishing Workers
28 Funeral Directors/Embalmers/Morticians
29 Hearing Aid Dispensers and Fitters
30 Heating, Air Conditioning, and Refrigeration Mechanics and Installers
31 Home Health Aides
32 Industrial Engineers
33 Insurance Adjusters, Examiners, and Investigators
34 Insurance Sales Agents
35 Kindergarten Teachers, Except Special Education
36 Land Surveyors
37 Landscape Architects
38 Lawyers
39 Librarians
40 Manicurists and Pedicurists
41 Marine Architects
42 Marine Engineers
43 Materials Engineers
44 Mechanical Engineers
45 Medical and Health Services Managers, including Nursing Home Administrators
46 Middle (Public) School Teachers, Except Special and Vocational Education
47 Mining and Geological Engineers, Including Mining Safety Engineers
48 Nurses, Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational
49 Nursing Aides, Orderlies, and Attendants
50 Occupational Health and Safety Technicians and Specialists
51 Occupational Therapy Assistants
52 Occupational Therapists
53 Opticians, Dispensing
54 Optometrists
55 Personal and Home Care Aides
56 Pest Control Workers/Pesticide Handlers, Sprayers, Applicators, and Dealers
57 Petroleum Engineers
58 Pharmacists
59 Physical Therapy Assistants
60 Physical Therapists
61 Physician Assistants
62 Physicians and Surgeons, All Other
63 Pipelayers and Pipelaying Fitters
64 Plumbers, Pipefitters, Gas Fitters, and Steamfitters
65 Podiatrists
66 Preschool Teachers, Except Special Education
67 Private Detectives and Investigators
68 Psychiatric Technicians
69 Psychologists, All Other
70 Radiologic Technicians, Technologists, and Therapists
71 Real Estate Sales Agents and Brokers
72 Registered Nurses
73 Respiratory Therapists
74 Secondary (Public) School Teachers, Except Special and Vocational Education
75 Securities, Commodities, and Financial Services Sales Agents
76 Security Guards
77 Ship and Boat Captains and Pilots
78 Social Workers, All Other
79 Speech-Language Pathologists
80 Stationary Engineers and Boiler Operators
81 Substance Abuse and Behavioral Disorder Counselors
82 Taxi Drivers and Chauffeurs
83 Teacher Assistants
84 Teachers and Instructors, All Other
85 Truck Drivers, Commercial
86 Truck Drivers, Heavy and Tractor-Trailer
87 Veterinarians
88 Veterinary Assistants, Technicians, and Wildlife Rehabilitators

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