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 2013, the association had more than 500 members. The U.S. Department of Labor says there were more than 2,600 information professionals working in the United States.

Quick Facts
Alternate Title(s) Independent Information Professional
Salary Range Below $25,000 to $100,000
Employment Prospects Poor
Advancement Prospects Fair
Work Environment Primarily Indoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Information brokers or independent information professionals are located throughout the United States, especially in larger metropolitan areas.
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 is preferred in order to get an entry-level job.
  • Computer
  • Organizational
  • Research
Personality Traits
  • Enterprising
  • Organized
  • Technical
Licensure/Certification None
Career Ladder
  • intern
  • assistant researcher
  • information professional
  • research supervisor or manager
  • principle, business owner, information broker