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Information Brokers

Overview

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. 

Salary Range

Below $25,000 to $100,000+

Minimum Education Level

Bachelor's Degree

Certification/License

None

Outlook

Faster than the Average
Personality Traits

Enterprising

Organized

Problem-Solving

Career Ladder
Information Business Owner

Research Supervisor or Manager

Information Broker

Assistant Researcher

Intern

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