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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.