Brouwers started his career as journalist at the Nieuwe Provinciale Groninger Courant and then as news presenter at Regionale Omroep Noord en Oost, AVRO, NOS Studio Sport, NOS and NOS Journaal. From 1977-1983 he was editor in chief of the Northern Dutch regional journal Nieuwsblad van het Noorden. Then he was head spokesman of the Philips concern, a position he held for ten years.
In 1995 he made a career move to become director-general of the Dutch information service RVD, a position he had until January 1, 2004.
Brouwers was succeeded by Gerard van der Wulp.