Information Brokers

Information Broker Conducts Research

Information brokers, sometimes called online researchers or independent information professionals, compile information from online databases and services. They work for clients in a number of different professions, researching marketing surveys, newspaper articles, business and government statistics, abstracts, and other sources of information. They prepare reports and presentations based on their research. Information brokers have home-based operations, or they work full time for libraries, law offices, government agencies, and corporations.

The Association of Independent Information Professionals defines these professionals as people with high-level skills in finding, managing, applying, and communicating information. Members of this organization must be self-employed and as of 2016, the association had more than 400 members. 

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Quick Facts
Alternate Title(s) Independent Information Professionals, Online Researchers
Duties Compile information from online databases and services, print resources, and phone and in-person interviews
Salary Range Below $25,000 to $100,000+
Work Environment Primarily Indoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Opportunities are available throughout the country; many information brokers work from home-based offices
Minimum Education Level
  • Bachelor's Degree
School Subjects
  • Computer Science
  • English
  • Journalism
Experience One to two years as an intern or assistant; two to five years as an assistant to an experienced information professional preferred
Personality Traits
  • Enterprising
  • Organized
  • Problem-Solving
  • Computer
  • Organizational
  • Research
Certification or Licensing None
Special Requirements None
Employment Prospects Good
Advancement Prospects Fair
Outlook Faster than the Average
Career Ladder
  • Information Business Owner
  • Research Supervisor or Manager
  • Information Broker
  • Assistant Researcher
  • Intern