I read an article not too long ago suggesting that all of us, no matter how many hives we keep, are "Beekeepers".....period. We all contribute in a notable way. Trying to clarify the job may reduce its perception. A Beekeeper is an important component of our world. So are farmers and carpenters, etc. I'm a "Do It Yourself-er" but I certainly don't call myself a hobbyist woodworker and I don't know too many farmers who call themselves "sideliners". Their efforts and output may shape what we think of their operation but their contributions are important, regardless of volume. I'm a Beekeeper.
"My wife always wanted girls. Just not thousands and thousands of them......"