Workforce Pains: How States Can Grow Their Skilled Workforce Through Universal Licensing Recognition

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An occupational license is a credential required by governments to work legally in a given occupation. Occupational licenses generally require workers to complete approved educational programs, pass exams, and pay fees.

Regardless of the reason, Americans across the country would stand to benefit from reduced licensing burdens— such as universal licensing reciprocity and universal licensing recognition—as reform would open up more opportunities for both workers and for states.

With shifting population ages and labor shortages, states must recruit new workers for much-needed positions. A clearer and simpler application process for experienced professionals decreases part of the licensing burden and makes it easier for people to find jobs.