Angela Barber

Research Professional I, Lab Manager, Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources, University of Georgia

B.S. (Chemistry)

 

What attracted you to your chosen field? What do you like best about the field?

The ability to use my detail-orientated, hyper-focused, and analytical strengths to analyze samples, solve problems, and make the lab organized and efficient. The ability to use my skills to do research which has a direct application to solving real-life problems. The variety in the research that I do and in day-to-day activities. The ability to have a balance between time working alone and time working with others.

What are some personal challenges you have faced in your field?

At times, it is difficult for me to be the authority figure that has to tell people to do things.

What things can students do to prepare for a career in this field?

Don't be afraid to talk to your science teacher if you don't understand parts of what you are studying. The basic theoretical principles behind the general chemistry course taught in high school and college have some very complex elements. Don't be afraid to ask questions and take time to try to really understand the principles. This time taken will serve you well in the future.