Midwives provide care and advice to women during pregnancy, labour and childbirth, and postnatal care for women and babies in a range of settings such as the home, community, hospitals, clinics and health units.

A Bachelor Degree or higher is needed to work in this job. Registration or licensing is required.

Tasks

  • providing advice and support during pre-conception, intrapartum, antenatal and postnatal periods in partnership with women
  • providing care and management of pregnancy and birth
  • assessing progress and recognising warning signs of abnormal and potentially abnormal pregnancies requiring referral to an Obstetrician
  • monitoring the condition of women and foetuses during pregnancy and throughout labour
  • conducting health education classes and seminars to promote the health of mothers and babies such as reproductive health, antenatal education, preparation for parenthood and breastfeeding
  • providing advice on nutrition, childcare and family planning

Job Titles

  • Midwife, (including Certified Midwife or Registered Midwife)
  • Midwife, (including Certified Midwife or Registered Midwife)

    Specialisations: Community Midwife, Midwife Practitioner

Fast Facts

  • Avg. Weekly Pay

    $1,377 Before Tax
  • Future Growth

    strong
  • Skill Level

    Bachelor Degree or higher
  • Employment Size

    17,100
  • Unemployment

    below average
  • Male Share

    0.1%
  • Female Share

    99.9%
  • Full-Time Share

    48.3%

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This is a medium sized occupation employing 17,100 workers. The number of workers has grown moderately over the past 5 years.
Over the next 5 years (to May 2022) the number of workers is expected to grow strongly to 18,800. Around 7,000 job openings are likely over this time from workers leaving and new jobs being created (a small number for an occupation of this size).

  • Midwives work in most parts of Australia.
  • They nearly all work in Health Care and Social Assistance.
  • Part-time work is very common. Full-time workers, on average, work 32.8 hours per week (compared to the all jobs average of 40 hours).
  • Average earnings for full-time workers are around $1,377 per week (higher than the all jobs average of $1,230). Earnings tend to be lower when starting out and higher as experience grows.
  • The average age is 45 years (compared to the all jobs average of 40 years) and around 5 in 10 workers are aged 45 years or older.
  • More than 9 in 10 workers are female.
  • In 2016, the unemployment rate was below average.

Employment Outlook

Number of Workers

Source: ABS Labour Force Survey, Department of Jobs and Small Business trend data to May 2017 and Department of Jobs and Small Business projections to 2022.
YearNumber of Workers
200714500
200814900
200914400
201014900
201116000
201216100
201316500
201414600
201515500
201617500
201717100
202218800

Weekly Earnings

Full-time Earnings

All Jobs Average

Weekly Earnings (Before Tax)

Source: Based on ABS Characteristics of Employment survey, August 2015, Cat. No. 6333.0, Customised Report. Median earnings are before tax and do not include superannuation. Earnings can vary greatly depending on the skills and experience of the worker and the demands of the role. These figures should be used as a guide only, not to determine a wage rate.
EarningsMidwivesAll Jobs Average
Full-Time Earnings13771230

Hours

Full-Time and Part-Time Status (% Share) and Average Weekly Hours (Full-Time)

Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2016, Cat. No. 6291.0.55.003: Customised Report. Hours actually worked by people who usually work full-time, and share of employment by full-time and part-time status, for this job compared to the all jobs average.
CategoryMidwivesAll Jobs Average
Full-time48.368.4
Part-time51.731.6
Average Weekly Hours (full-time)32.840

Main Industries

Top Industries

Main Employing Industries (% Share)

Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2016, Cat. No. 6291.0.55.003: Customised Report. Industries are based on the Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification (ANZSIC 06).
Main Employing IndustriesIndustry (% share)
Health Care and Social Assistance97.8
Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing0.8
Public Administration and Safety0.8
Administrative and Support Services0.7

States and Territories

  • NSW

  • VIC

  • QLD

  • SA

  • TAS

  • NT

  • ACT

Employment by State and Territory (% Share)

Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2016, Cat. No. 6291.0.55.003: Customised Report. Share of workers across Australian States and Territories, in this job compared to the all jobs average.
StateMidwivesAll Jobs Average
NSW37.131.8
VIC26.325.5
QLD13.319.8
SA116.8
WA9.111.2
TAS0.92
NT1.61.1
ACT0.71.8

Age Profile

Age Profile (% Share)

Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2016, Cat. No. 6291.0.55.003: Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.
Age BracketMidwivesAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
15-190-5.45.4
20-246.5-9.99.9
25-3425.4-23.423.4
35-4416.5-21.721.7
45-5429.6-21.121.1
55-597.4-8.78.7
60-6410.1-5.95.9
65 and Over4.5-3.83.8

Gender

Male Share

Female Share

Gender (% share)

Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2016, Cat. No. 6291.0.55.003: Customised Report. Male and female share of employment in this job compared to the all jobs average.
CategoryMidwivesCategoryAll Jobs Average
Males0.1Males53.6
Females99.9Females46.4

Education Level

Top Education Levels

Highest Level of Education (% Share)

Source: ABS, Education and Work (2016). Findings based on use of ABS TableBuilder data. Highest qualification completed by workers in this job (in any field of study). Skill level requirements can change over time, the qualifications needed by new workers might be different from the qualifications of workers already in the job.
Type of QualificationMidwivesAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate24.3-8.68.6
Bachelor degree75.7-17.917.9
Advanced Diploma/Diploma0-10.110.1
Certificate III/IV0-18.918.9
Year 120-18.718.7
Years 11 & 100-17.717.7
Below Year 100-8.18.1

A Bachelor Degree or higher is needed to work in this job. Registration or licensing is required.

If you are interested in this style of work, there are a wide range of training options available that could lead to this or a similar job.
The pathway that is right for you will depend on your skills and interests.

It is a good idea to speak to industry bodies, employers, and workers to learn more about the skills and qualifications you will need.

Employers look for Midwives who are caring, compassionate, empathetic and work well in a team.

Knowledge

The topics, subjects, or knowledge areas workers rate as most important are shown below.

  1. Medicine and Dentistry

    98% Important

    Diagnose and treat human injuries, diseases, and deformities. This includes symptoms, treatment alternatives, drug properties and interactions, and preventive health-care measures.

  2. Psychology

    88% Important

    Human behaviour and performance; differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; research methods; and the assessment and treatment of behavioural and affective disorders.

  3. English Language

    86% Important

    English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

  4. Customer and Personal Service

    85% Important

    Customer and personal services. This includes understanding customer needs, providing good quality service, and measuring customer satisfaction.

  5. Biology

    83% Important

    Plant and animal organisms, their tissues, cells, functions, how they rely on and work with each other and the environment.

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Learn about the daily activities, and physical and social demands faced by workers. Explore the values and work styles that workers rate as most important.

Activities

The work activities workers rate as most important are shown below.

  1. Assisting and Caring for Others

    98% Important

    Providing personal assistance, medical attention, or emotional support to people such as co-workers, customers, or patients.

  2. Documenting/Recording Information

    96% Important

    Entering, transcribing, recording, storing, or maintaining information in written or electronic/magnetic form.

  3. Getting Information

    96% Important

    Looking for, getting and understanding different kinds of information.

  4. Making Decisions and Solving Problems

    95% Important

    Using information to work out the best solution and solve problems.

  5. Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge

    94% Important

    Keeping up-to-date with technology and new ideas.

Occupational Information Network
O*NET is a trademark of the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration.
The importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 29-1161.00 - Nurse Midwives.

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