The objectives of this study are to find out the perceived information systems (IS) ski/Is which are important at present and in five years time, and the perceived emphasis of IS curricula on these skills. It is found that the scope of skills required of IS professionals will broaden towards the end of the decade. Interpersonal skills, business skills, analysis and design skills, and programming skills are the most critical for career development. Results also show that there is a match between the skills and knowledge possessed by IS graduates of the Hong Kong Polytechnic University and industry requirements for the current IS environment. However, the curriculum is not aligned with industry needs in the future. This indicates that the education the respondents received does not prepare them for progression up the career ladder. Implications of the findings are discussed so that a new curriculum may be designed to provide the preferred IS graduates to industry. Copyright © 1995 Association for Computing Machinery, Inc.