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Generalist vs Specialist: Who Succeeds in Today's Job Market?

Post Author Eryka Cazenave
Oct 19, 2016 1:00:00 PM
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It's the age-old debate- do you want to be the best all-around employee or the one with the exact strengths needed to be the best for a particular task? That is the question posed in the generalist vs. specialist debate. To begin this discussion, one must first understand what it means to be generalist as opposed to a specialist. Dictionary.com defines a generalist as a person whose knowledge, aptitudes, and skills are applied to a field as a whole or to a variety of different fields; as opposed to a specialist who is defined as a person who devotes himself or herself to one subject or to one particular branch of a subject or pursuit. In today's changing job landscape does it pay to be a generalist or a specialist? Find our what path you should choose if you're on the hunt for a job in America today!


In the end, our economy will need both generalists and specialists in order to continue to thrive. In order to market yourself as a hot commodity in today's changing job market, one must adapt skill-sets of both a generalist and a specialist. You must continue to seek new opportunities to learn and to grow in order to increase your value in today's job market. Whether you start out as a generalist or a specialist, it is imperative to do what you must to remain employable in the future. If you are looking to develop a new skill set, check out some of the amazing job opportunities at MAU!

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