Information Brokers

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 comnunicating information. Members of this organization must be self-employed and as of 2014, the association had more than 400 members. The U.S. Department of Labor says there are more than 2,600 information professionals working in the United States.

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

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