a person whose knowledge, aptitudes, and skills are applied to a field as a whole or to a variety of different fields (opposed to specialist ).

1605–15; general + -ist Unabridged
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generalist (ˈdʒɛnərəlɪst, ˈdʒɛnrə-)
1.  a.  a person who is knowledgeable in many fields of study
 b.  (as modifier): a generalist profession
2.  ecology Compare specialist an organism able to utilize many food sources and therefore able to flourish in many habitats

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Medical Dictionary

generalist gen·er·al·ist (jěn'ər-ə-lĭst)
A physician whose practice is not oriented in a specific medical specialty but instead covers a variety of medical problems.

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Example sentences
The ministry's hiring preferences get it the type of officials it
  wants--predominantly, generalist administrators.
To have invasive species in our biosphere they need to be generalist and
  adapted to the overall environment.
Generally widespread and common, this species is a generalist feeding in more
  open areas and wooded savannas.
We don't need innumerate politically-slanted generalist mediators filtering
  ideas for us.
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