There are currently an estimated 40,000 midwives in the United States. The midwife job market is expected to grow by 12.5% between 2016 and 2026.

How employable are midwives?

CareerExplorer rates midwives with a C employability rating, meaning this career should provide moderate employment opportunities for the foreseeable future. Over the next 10 years, it is expected the US will need 7,700 midwives. That number is based on 5,000 additional midwives, and the retirement of 2,700 existing midwives.

Are midwives in demand?

There is significant growth potential for the occupation of midwife. Increasingly, women are wanting natural child birth and seeking a partner in the birthing process. In addition, doctors’ offices, hospitals, and medical clinics are achieving cost-savings by hiring midwives to handle low-risk pregnancies and allowing OB-GYNs to concentrate on cases that require more extensive care. The demand for midwives is expected to continue to grow as these practitioners are seen to be responsible for reduced rates of Cesarean births, a major decrease in third-degree and fourth-degree perineal tears, higher rates of breastfeeding, reduced rates of labor augmentation and induction, and reduced use of regional anesthesia. Certified midwives will be especially needed in rural areas and inner cities, which are typically underserved.

What’s the supply of midwives?

The midwife industry is concentrated in California, Tennessee, Texas

Midwife job market by state

State Name Employed Midwives
California 3,960
Tennessee 2,420
Texas 2,020
Maryland 1,900
Florida 1,750
Illinois 1,720
Louisiana 1,670
Georgia 1,140
Indiana 1,120
Pennsylvania 1,060
Wisconsin 1,010
Virginia 980
Washington 950
Oregon 900
Minnesota 850
Connecticut 830
Arizona 810
New York 810
Missouri 720
Alabama 630
North Carolina 590
Massachusetts 560
Ohio 560
Arkansas 510
Colorado 500
New Hampshire 420
Utah 410
Michigan 390
Iowa 360
Oklahoma 350
Nevada 320
New Mexico 280
Kentucky 270
Kansas 270
New Jersey 230
Mississippi 220
Rhode Island 160
Alaska 140
Nebraska 120
Montana 110
Puerto Rico 110
Hawaii 100
District of Columbia 100
Delaware 90
Idaho 80
Vermont 60
North Dakota 50
Maine 40
Wyoming 40
West Virginia 40
South Carolina 40