Oregon’s occupational licensing laws are among the most broad and onerous according to the Institute for Justice. For example, Oregon is one of only four states that require a license in order to do the work of a Cross-connection Survey Inspector (checking pipe connections to prevent backflow). While the other three states require less than two weeks of education/experience (and and 47 have no requirements), Oregon requires more than five years (plus two exams and a fee of $415)!
Oregon requires 5-6 months of education/experience in order to work as a Makeup Artist. Oregon is one of only 13 states that require a license to work as a Bartender (and only one of four that has an exam). And surely we could trust people to choose their own hair braider without getting permission from the government!
Overall we could increase employment opportunities (particularly for low-income workers) and decrease the cost of goods and services if we reduced barriers to entry.