RESULTS OF
ECU Physics Graduate's Employer Survey

We obtained the email addresses of the employers of our physics graduates (1999-2005).
We sent a link to this online survey to 11 employers. 
Nine of them completed the survey April 23-May 31, 2007. 
Below are the results.

* 1. Please Select the item that best fits the employment area of the ECU graduate for which you are completing this form:
5 (55.5%)
0                 Government
0                 Military
3 (33.3%)
1 (11.1%)

* Rankings of the preparation of our graduate (your employee) on the following skills found by American Institute of Physics to be "Most Used" by physicists.

Excellent Good Fair Poor Skill Not used in job or field
2. Problem Solving 6 (66.6%)
3 (33.3%)



3. Interpersonal skills 2 (22.2%)
6 (66.6%)
1 (11.1%)


4. Technical writing 1 (11.1%)
7 (77.7%)


1 (11.1%)
5. Management 2 (22.2%)
7 (77.7%)



6. Equipment and procedures experience 6 (66.6%)
3 (33.3%)



7. Business Principles 2 (22.2%)
6 (66.6%)


1 (11.1%)
8. Statistical concepts 4 (44.4%)
5 (55.5%)



9. Knowledge of Physics 5 (55.5%)
4 (44.4%)



10. Advanced Mathematics 4 (44.4%)
5 (55.5%)



11. Advanced Computer Skills 7 (77.7%)
2 (22.2%)








* Rankings of our graduates (your employee) on the following list of items AIP found are qualities employers look for in employees.

Excellent Good Fair Poor Not applicable in job/field
12. Broad knowledge base of science & technical knowledge 5 (55.5%)
4 (44.4%)



13. Is a team player 5 (55.5%)
4 (44.4%)



14. Desires and is able to learn new fields, is quick study 7 (77.7%)
2 (22.2%)



15. Excellent interpersonal skills 3 (33.3%)
3 (33.3%)
3 (33.3%)


16. Communicates well, oral, and written 4 (44.4%)
5 (55.5%)



17. Well developed problem solving skills 5 (55.5%)
4 (44.4%)



18. Strong work ethic 9 (100%)




19. Adaptable/flexible 5 (55.5%)
4 (44.4%)



20. Shows initiative & assertiveness 7 (77.7%)
2 (22.2%)


21. Ethusiastic in field 8 (88.8%)
1 (11.1%)



22. Works with minimum of supervision 7 (77.7%)
2 (22.2%)





* 23. Based upon your overall impression and experience with our graduate, rank how ECU prepared the student for work in your facility.
4 (44.4%)
5 (55.5%)
                   Fair preparation
                   Poor preparation
                   Unable to comment on preparation

24. Please make any comments that would help us better prepare our graduates for employment in your field.

I was very pleased with your graduate. He works for me already for 6 years and made a remarkable progress in both technical skills and management capabilities. Thanks you for providing us with well educated and extremely motivated graduates!

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XXX is an excellent teacher, team player and possesses a strong work ethic.

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CT based anatomy and physiology should be included in the Medical Physics curricullum

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Add course studies in instrumentation (both electronic and pneumatic), basic electronics and troubleshooting. Encourage students to minor in Environmental, Chemistry and / or Mathematics. The people in my work group are technicians who work in environmental and equipment performance testing. Strong backgrounds in Math and Physics are essential to being able to understand their job.


Thank you for completing this survey. We appreciate you taking the time to help our department!  We will use the results of these assessments to make decisions about our physics program.  Input from stakeholders is critical to this process.

                          Report completed by Dr. Karen Williams, Professor, ECU Physics Dept.





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