Skill vs. Expertise

By Jaxson

Main Difference

The main difference between Skill and Expertise is that the Skill is a learned ability to carry out a task and Expertise is a occupation.

  • Skill

    A skill is the ability to carry out a task with determined results often within a given amount of time, energy, or both. Skills can often be divided into domain-general and domain-specific skills. For example, in the domain of work, some general skills would include time management, teamwork and leadership, self-motivation and others, whereas domain-specific skills would be used only for a certain job. Skill usually requires certain environmental stimuli and situations to assess the level of skill being shown and used.

    People need a broad range of skills to contribute to a modern economy. A joint ASTD and U.S. Department of Labor study showed that through technology, the workplace is changing, and identified 16 basic skills that employees must have to be able to change with it. Three broad categories of skills are suggested and these are technical, human, and conceptual. The first two can be substituted with hard and soft skills, respectively.

  • Expertise

    An expert is someone who has a prolonged or intense experience through practice and education in a particular field. Informally, an expert is someone widely recognized as a reliable source of technique or skill whose faculty for judging or deciding rightly, justly, or wisely is accorded authority and status by peers or the public in a specific well-distinguished domain. An expert, more generally, is a person with extensive knowledge or ability based on research, experience, or occupation and in a particular area of study. Experts are called in for advice on their respective subject, but they do not always agree on the particulars of a field of study. An expert can be believed, by virtue of credential, training, education, profession, publication or experience, to have special knowledge of a subject beyond that of the average person, sufficient that others may officially (and legally) rely upon the individual’s opinion. Historically, an expert was referred to as a sage (Sophos). The individual was usually a profound thinker distinguished for wisdom and sound judgment.

    In specific fields, the definition of expert is well established by consensus and therefore it is not always necessary for individuals to have a professional or academic qualification for them to be accepted as an expert. In this respect, a shepherd with 50 years of experience tending flocks would be widely recognized as having complete expertise in the use and training of sheep dogs and the care of sheep. Another example from computer science is that an expert system may be taught by a human and thereafter considered an expert, often outperforming human beings at particular tasks. In law, an expert witness must be recognized by argument and authority.

    Research in this area attempts to understand the relation between expert knowledge, skills and personal characteristics and exceptional performance. Some researchers have investigated the cognitive structures and processes of experts. The fundamental aim of this research is to describe what it is that experts know and how they use their knowledge to achieve performance that most people assume requires extreme or extraordinary ability. Studies have investigated the factors that enable experts to be fast and accurate.

  • Skill (noun)

    Capacity to do something well; technique, ability. Skills are usually acquired or learned, as opposed to abilities, which are often thought of as innate.

  • Skill (noun)

    Discrimination; judgment; propriety; reason; cause.

  • Skill (noun)

    Knowledge; understanding.

  • Skill (noun)

    Display of art; exercise of ability; contrivance; address.

  • Skill (adjective)

    Great, excellent. 1980s–1990s

  • Skill (verb)

    To set apart; separate.

  • Skill (verb)

    To discern; have knowledge or understanding; to know how (to).

  • Skill (verb)

    To know; to understand.

  • Skill (verb)

    To have knowledge or comprehension; discern.

  • Skill (verb)

    To have personal or practical knowledge; be versed or practised; be expert or dextrous.

  • Skill (verb)

    To make a difference; signify; matter.

  • Skill (verb)

    To spend acquired points in exchange for skills.

  • Expertise (noun)

    Great skill or knowledge in a particular field or hobby.

    “The scientist has expertise in the field of nuclear fusion.”

  • Expertise (noun)

    Advice, or opinion, of an expert.

  • Expertise (noun)

    expert skill or knowledge in a particular field

    “technical expertise”

Oxford Dictionary

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