Occupational Licensing Reform: Removing Barriers to Jobs

About 24 percent of jobs in Nebraska require a government license, encompassing nearly 200 different professions. While some licensing requirements make sense, in many cases, the barriers to entry created by these licensing requirements provide no benefits to public safety and only reduce entrepreneurship, restrict competition, and increase prices for Nebraskans.
 

In certain instances, Nebraska's licensing system imposes requirements that are simply inconsistent with the rest of the country, making it harder to relocate to Nebraska to work, or for low- and middle-income workers to start a new business or career in our state.

Occupational licensing reforms can help Nebraskans create more and better businesses, and more and better jobs by removing unnecessary barriers to entrepreneurship.

Here are fact sheets about the career opportunities that can be made more accessible through various occupational licensing reform bills:

Abstracter/Title Examiner - LB345
Audiologist - LB343
Bank Executive Officer - LB341
Barber - LB343
Cosmetologist - LB343
Electrologist - LB343
Esthetician - LB343
Farm Labor Contactor - LB507
Massage Therapist - LB343
Mental Health and Substance Abuse Counselors - LB344
Motor Vehicle Salesperson - LB346
Nail Technician - LB343
Nurse - LB342
Potato Shipper - LB348
Reflexologist - LB588
School Bus Driver - LB347

More occupations will be added soon!

Also be sure to check out these recent articles and research discussing occupational licensing, and learn more about occupational licensing reform by visiting StrongJobsNebraska.org.

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