Midwives

Career Cluster: Guardian
Midwives are compassionate and skilled caregivers who help bring new life into the world.

Midwifery is a fulfilling and rewarding profession that allows individuals to make a positive impact on the lives of mothers and their babies. As a midwife, you have the opportunity to work closely with expectant mothers, providing them with the care and support they need throughout their pregnancy, labour, and delivery. You get to witness the miracle of life every day and help bring new families into the world. The work is challenging, but it is also incredibly fulfilling, as you get to see the joy and happiness on the faces of new parents as they hold their newborn for the first time. Midwifery is a profession that requires compassion, empathy, and a deep commitment to helping others, but it is also one that offers a sense of purpose and meaning that is hard to find in other careers.

Possible Pathways
To become a midwife, you need to complete a Bachelor’s degree in midwifery or a related field, pass a national certification exam, and obtain a state license. Additionally, midwives may choose to pursue advanced training and certifications in areas such as lactation consulting or neonatal resuscitation.

Very Strong

projected growth

Medium

size of field

Average

hours worked
Culture and Society
Environment
Interest areas
Most Common industries
Breastfeeding support
Labor and delivery
Neonatal resuscitation
Postpartum care
Prenatal care
core skills

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Projected Growth Source: Jobs and Skills Australia, labourmarketinsights.gov.au, 2021 Employment projections for the five years to 2026.
Size of Field Source: ANZSCO 4-digit occupations: ABS Labour Force Survey, February 2023, custom trend.
Hours Worked Source: ABS Survey of Employee Earnings and Hours, May 2021, Customised Report.