Hey everybody! So I'm sort of still in high school and exploring options right now, and I got a summer job (possibly longer but you know how the season goes for beekeepers) working for a friend of a friend. I have yet to learn many things, including the viability of beekeeping as a career. Last month I purchased the necessary constituents for two beehives along with carniolan bees, the stock with which I plan to stay. Last week already one hive (marginally stronger in number) shot off a swarm, and that hive seemed quite near in numbers to where it was before, there seemed to be little adverse effect in consequence of reproducing. This got me thinking, if my overwintered hives reproduce next year and in likeness thereafter, by the time I am ready to pursue a career I could, by my count, have a noticeably larger apiary (that was a joke. ) It comes to me that with my upbringing, I most probably will maintain a separate job for monetary purposes, and with the help of relatives I am sure that money will not be a problem (though I know things get expensive in large number as they do with 300+ hives.) Given all the above, and as I have mentioned once already, my inquiry relates to the possibility of becoming a beekeeper, eventually as my only job. I know it's been done many a time, but for those who have successfully followed this path, would I do better to pursue police work or some marketing career? Do you need to become a high production manufacturer of hive components or a high volume marketer of hive products to make a decent amount of money? Thanks for reading through my heavy worded request, and be sure that all serious responses will be greatly appreciated!