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Someone with a low level of experience in something is a newbie or a rookie.

Someone with a high level of experience is an expert or specialist.

But what do you call someone with a mid-level of experience?

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The reason there is often nothing for a mid-level is because the others draw attention to some unusual condition, such as being junior or senior. If you are neither junior nor senior, then no further shading is required.

However, if you wanted to go with the old guild system, the grades would be apprentice, journeyman, and master, terms that are still sometimes used in the crafts and trades.


WARNING: Be warned that the words you’ve chosen above are not comparable, as they are not in the same register — at all.

For example, the opposite of a senior member of the staff is a junior member, and the opposite of a beginner might be an experienced staff member.

I’m not sure what the opposite of a “newbie” is, since that is at best recent and extremely casual slang, not a “real word” you’ll find in dictionaries — and it is somewhat pejorative at that, so might be considered vulgar. I would avoid it. (It’s also why I’ve scare-quoted it.)

Especially on the novice end of the spectrum, you have no shortage of better words you could use instead of “newbie”, a super-casual “slangy” word which might put some people off. For people just starting out, you have words like amateur, apprentice, beginner, fledgling, freshman, greenhorn, initiate, junior, learner, neophyte, new kid on the block, newcomer, novice, novitiate, pupil, recruit, starter, student, tenderfoot, and trainee.

In the realm of informal slang you do have words like flunky, greenie, and rookie, but as a non-native speaker, you should not use those except in special situations under guidance of a native speaker. They are not of general use.

At the other end of the spectrum, you have words like expert, old hand, professional, senior, and veteran.

Any competent thesaurus will uncover more of the same ilk, and in both categories.

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  • Better these words? – user29020 Mar 31 '13 at 22:39
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It doesn't sound very common, but one word I found was middler. From video-game experience, I might call a mid-level person an intermediate; in general, I think people will know what you mean when you use it, but it can be confused with a mediator or intermediary.

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There are no hard and fast words for such things. Totally depends what field/context are you talking in and what are the popularly accepted words in that realm. For example, check this example out from the game ski runner.

Usually there ain't any words for the mid levels. Like a new person in the field might be referred to as rookie and the one who has been there for quiet a while and has earned his reputation that makes him stand out, he can be referred to as a pro. Others who've been around just as while or less, but don't stand out, won't be referred with any such adjective. Mostly, because there is ample of such people and hence no need to differentiate them out. Just like we have words in a race : first and last. But don't have words to describe the ones who stood in between!

And, the words you have used in the original post doesn't belong to the same group/context/category.