Career Enjoyment: midwife
A midwife provides support to pregnant mothers before, during, and after birth, with the aim of good health for both mother and baby, and the relationship between them. This career tends to have salaries in the range £15-70k (based on research in the UK). Typically, therefore, it has a high earnings potential.
Views from people doing the job
The common feedback from people in this career was:
- When people in the job described what they liked about it, the common themes that emerged were: caring for others, working with other high quality professionals, relationships formed with women and their families, using and imparting specialist knowledge, autonomy.
- When people described what they disliked about the job, the themes were: conflict between duty of care to women, and being part of bureaucratic organisation, the unusual hours, routine/administrative tasks, shortage of resources/staff.
When we asked people in each career to rate their job for enjoyment, on a scale between 1 (low) and 6 (high), the average rating for all jobs was just over 3.5. The average score for this career - midwife - was 4.2, making it more enjoyable than the average job. This is only one part of what makes a job enjoyable. You can find out how well your unique personality fits the job by completing our personality questionnaire.
The table shows the balance of preferences that are required in this career, using the language of the Myers Briggs model of personality. This career therefore involves:
|The demands of the job|
- Slightly more Extraversion than Introversion.
- More Sensing than iNtuition.
- Slightly more Feeling than Thinking.
- Slightly more Judgment than Perception.
The wheel provides a more detailed view of the types of behaviours required in this career. Each segment represents a behavioural style. Lighter segments indicate that you need to use that style more in the job. On a PC, you can hover the mouse over a segment for a brief description.Lighter/redder segments show the types of behaviour you will need to use more of, i.e.: solving practical problems; supporting particular values; maintaining good relationships; developing other people; doing things that have an immediate impact on people.
The job does not involve as much: strategic thinking; thinking about what motivates people; challenging the status quo; starting new initiatives.
Comparison with your personality
You can find out how well your personality matches this and all the other careers by completing the MMDI personality questionnaire.