My dentist is licensed. My doctor is licensed. My lawyer is licensed. My accountant is licensed. Almost every professional I interact with is licensed. There are really good reasons for that. Not only does this let me know they’ve passed some sort of test, some sort of proficiency, but it a…
There are also some bad ones, namely gatekeeping: Instead of allowing in everyone who qualifies on some absolute scale, many professions only allow in a certain number of new entrants in order to do things like keep pay high.
Similarly, some professions require a certain amount of education not because the profession actually requires that level of achievement, but to ensure only people who can afford that level of achievement gain entry to the profession. (Professions that require unpaid internships are another example of this.)
Both design and software development would do well to have licensure, but only if they can avoid both of these traps. One of the greatest things about both is that they have such low barriers to entry, so low they can have a profoundly democratizing effect on society if we don’t screw them up.