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I like to work individually,
but I work in groups.

I like to work in my office,
but I work in the field.

Yet I am satisfied.

What am I?

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    $\begingroup$ I came here for a workplace question, I always confuse the logos... $\endgroup$ – Noir Jul 26 '16 at 8:42
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    $\begingroup$ @Noir You're not the only one. $\endgroup$ – Mithical Jul 26 '16 at 11:56
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You are a

mathematician, specifically an algebraist.

I like to work individually, but I work in groups.

Groups are a fundamental algebraic construct.

I like to work in my office, but I work in the field.

Fields are another fundamental algebraic construct.

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    $\begingroup$ This is the intended answer. $\endgroup$ – wythagoras Jul 25 '16 at 17:02
  • $\begingroup$ Well, at least I was pretty close :D $\endgroup$ – FrodCube Jul 25 '16 at 17:53
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I can think of a few possibilities but I'll go with this one... is it

a Bee

I like to work individually, but I work in groups.

Working individually, but also working as part of a larger group

I like to work in my office, but I work in the field.

Working in the beehive, but working in the field (the field being a field of flowers for example)

Also, and I really don't think this was intended - it's more for my own amusement

If you read the first letters of the first two paragraphs aloud, I b I b (ie. "I bee, I bee")

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You are a

particle physicist

I like to work individually, but I work in groups.

Group theory is a fundamental part of particle physics

I like to work in my office, but I work in the field.

Quantum Field Theory is the basic description of quantum particles

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  • $\begingroup$ Very nice answer, not exactly what I meant, but certainly a possibility. $\endgroup$ – wythagoras Jul 25 '16 at 15:57
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A programmer?

I like to work individually, but I work in groups.

A lone worker, but the project is called 'Groups'

I like to work in my office, but I work in the field.

The 'field' of computer programming

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    $\begingroup$ I don't find this answer very strong. Almost anything can have a project called groups. $\endgroup$ – wythagoras Jul 25 '16 at 16:04
  • $\begingroup$ @wythagoras But it fits the other clues... $\endgroup$ – Mithical Jul 25 '16 at 16:06
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It think you are

Me in high school

I like to work individually, but I work in groups.

I worked better individually, but I was frequently assigned to work on group projects instead

I like to work in my office, but I work in the field.

I preferred doing work at home, but often had to do work while at school. I'm not sure you know so much about me in high school but it's a little creepy.

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    $\begingroup$ This is of course not a serious answer $\endgroup$ – Kevin Wells Jul 25 '16 at 22:39
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You are a

vowel

I like to work individually,

Most of the vowels here are singles and are perfectly functional.

but I work in groups.

Vowels can work in groups too. Groups has a pair of vowels.

I like to work in my office,

Again, all the vowels are separated by consonants.

but I work in the field.

But they work together in Field.

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