The large number of IT corporations and the ever-evolving IT industry is driving the competitive market for IT professionals in Lincoln and surrounding areas. The outlook for the IT job market has never been more positive, according to Kara Strong, senior IT sales executive at Aureus Group, an affiliate of C&A Industries. “There’s a desperate need for IT talent in broth hardware and software, “ she said. “Every industry has a demand for real IT talent; however, we’ve found that some of our larger clients have come from the insurance, banking, utilities, construction and service industries.” Strong said most of the firm’s clients are seeking applicants with two to 10 or more years of experience. Ideally, employers want an associate degree - a bachelor’s is even better but most of the firm’s clients value actual experience over an educational background. Certifications can be helpful but aren’t usually required. “The need for IT talent is so high, our clients are willing to bend on some of their previous requirements and consider experience alone,” Strong said. Clients are looking for candidates with experience working in an AGILE environment. C# and Java have been the most common development languages. There has been an increase in the need for Cisco, Windows Server, VMware, and old Legacy technology. “Employees with those skill sets are retiring or nearing retirement, and we don’t see the mainframe technology going,” Strong said.