Occupational Licensing

Occupational licensing is a type of government regulation that requires people to undergo specific training or pass tests before they can be hired for a particular job. This may sound reasonable in theory, but in many states, special interest groups use licensing requirements as a political tool to make it hard (or impossible) for new workers to compete.

In This Series

We explore how and why occupational licenses get created, which states have the worst track records, and the stories of real people who have had to give up their careers because of these laws.

Are you dealing with an unfair occupational license?

Burdensome occupational licenses can be devastating. Our mission is to highlight the stories of people facing these challenges so that everyone can better understand the consequences of these policies.

We’re always looking for new stories to share: if you have a story about occupational licensing in your state, we’d love to talk to you.

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