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Specialist vs. Generalist — What's the Difference?

Specialist vs. Generalist — What's the Difference?

Difference Between Specialist and Generalist

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Specialist

A person who concentrates primarily on a particular subject or activity; a person highly skilled in a specific and restricted field
The study was undertaken by a market-research specialist
He is a specialist in psychometric testing

Generalist

One who has broad general knowledge and skills in several areas.

Specialist

Possessing or involving detailed knowledge or study of a restricted topic
You may require specialist financial advice

Generalist

A species whose members are able to live in a wide variety of habitats or consume a wide variety of foods.

Specialist

One who is devoted to a particular occupation or branch of study or research
An antiquarian who is a specialist in 17th-century Dutch ceramics.
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Generalist

A person with a broad general knowledge, especially one with more than superficial knowledge in several areas and the ability to combine ideas from diverse fields.

Specialist

A physician whose practice is limited to a particular branch of medicine or surgery, especially one who is certified by a board of physicians
A specialist in oncology.

Generalist

(medicine) A general practitioner.

Specialist

Any of several noncommissioned ranks in the US Army that correspond to that of corporal through sergeant first class.

Generalist

(ecology) Species which can thrive in a wide variety of environmental conditions. A eurytopic species.

Specialist

A species with narrow habitat or food requirements
Specialists that feed only on carrion.

Generalist

A modern scholar who is in a position to acquire more than superficial knowledge about many different interests;
A statistician has to be something of a generalist

Specialist

(British) Specialised, involving detailed knowledge of a restricted topic.

Specialist

Someone who is an expert in, or devoted to, some specific branch of study or research.

Specialist

(medicine) A physician whose practice is limited to a particular branch of medicine or surgery.

Specialist

Any of several non-commissioned ranks corresponding to that of corporal.

Specialist

An organism that is specialized for a particular environment.
The tree Lepidothamnus laxifolius is a high alpine specialist found in high-altitude bog communities and in scrub.

Specialist

A stenotopic species.

Specialist

One who devotes himself to some specialty; as, a medical specialist, one who devotes himself to diseases of particular parts of the body, as the eye, the ear, the nerves, etc.

Specialist

An expert who is devoted to one occupation or branch of learning

Specialist

Practices one branch of medicine

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