The difference between a specialist and a manager.

Globalization and integration of cultures has led to the borrowing of not only words, but entire categories. The narrow specialist familiar to hearing was replaced by a universal manager, about whom legends and anecdotes are made. Let's try to figure out how significant the difference between these professions is and how exactly it is expressed.


Specialist - a person who has undergone special training and has knowledge in a certain field of activity (law, medicine, management, programming). The level of competence is confirmed by a special document, as well as work experience and letters of recommendation. For employment, a specialist in most cases requires a state diploma.

Manager - a representative of the administrative staff, performing managerial functions of the lower, middle or top level. In Russia, managers are also called employees of companies interacting directly with the employer (selling goods, cleaning, etc.). However, such a “proud” name only raises the status of dissonant professions, but has no special relation to reality.


The most important difference between these categories is the scope of the concept. Specialist is an extremely broad name for an employee with special training. These include managers, since those require secondary specialized and higher education for successful work. A manager gains his status when he is hired. Any student who has successfully passed the state exam and defended his diploma can be considered a specialist.


  1. The scope of the concept. Specialist is a broader category that includes a manager.
  2. Obtaining status. They become a specialist immediately after successfully passing the final exams, and a manager upon admission to a position.
  3. Level of training. Middle and top managers are required to receive higher education, while a specialist can be content with an average vocational training.
  4. Interaction with the team. A classic manager always manages someone, while a specialist is predominantly subordinate.
  5. Functions and competences. In the classical sense, a manager must unite the team, serve as a conduit for the ideas of top management to the masses. A specialist is a faceless performer whose functions depend on a specific position.