It takes nearly a year of training to become a licensed barber in Ohio, but one can become an advanced emergency medical technician — with the ability to administer narcotics — in less than six weeks.
Ohio is the only state in the U.S. to license social work assistants, who are not able to do actual counseling but perform tasks such as intake assessments, screenings, record keeping and case management.
Ohio also licenses several professions that are licensed by fewer than half the states in the nation — including upholsterers, wildlife control operators and opticians.
|Educational requirements for occupational licenses in Ohio vary widely with barbers and cosmetologists needing far more training than EMTs, even though EMTs often encounter life and death situations. Lawmakers are looking at ways to streamline license requirements and get more Ohioans on the job more quickly.|
|Occupation||Education required||License fees|
|Veterinary technician||2 year degree||$335|
|Barber||1,800 hours (45 weeks)||$120|
|Auctioneer||1 year apprenticeship||$340|
|Cosmetologist||1,500 hours (38 weeks)||$51|
|Massage Therapist||750 hours (19 weeks)*||$391|
|Makeup Artist||600 hours (15 weeks)||$51|
|EMT||150 hours (4 weeks)||$80|
|Child care||7 hours*||$296|
|*License also requires a high school diploma|
|Source: Institute for Justice "License to Work" report|
While very few people would want to get on a plane flown by a unlicensed pilot or have surgery performed by a unlicensed doctor, the necessity of having licenses for upholsterers, auctioneers or makeup artists has been questioned.