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Elana Altman | Her Campus

September 27, 2010

Information Broker

What is it is: Conducting in-depth research for clients. If the Works Cited page on your last school paper is twice as long as anyone else’s, this job is for you. Like investigative journalists, information brokers do whatever it takes to find things out that other people just can’t find out. An information broker’s day-to-day duties depend on the needs of her client: one day she might be searching online, while the next she could be physically hunting down someone. Once she has all the relevant information, she must present it clearly to her client.

How you get there: There are no specific requirements for becoming an information broker. However, an undergraduate degree from any of the liberal arts or sciences is probably best because these tend to stress research skills. See if you can become a research assistant for a professor. This is a relatively new profession, and thus most information brokers work for themselves. Many information brokers worked as researchers or librarians first, and then used their expertise and contacts to start their own information brokerage business. For more information on starting your own information brokerage, check out the Association of Independent Information Pros.

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