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Do you need a license?

Does the occupation you’re interested in require a license?

Some occupations require workers to obtain a license in order to hold a job in that field. It's worth researching whether a field you're interested in may require a license.

Examples of fields that often require licenses are:

  • Health care careers, such as dental assistants and emergency medical technicians (EMT)
  • Jobs that provide personal care such as barbers and cosmetologists

Rules for occupational licenses are set by states, and they are different in each state. Learn about licensing requirements in your state at CareerOneStop’s License Finder.