A plethora of similar hobbiest projects also exist
A plethora of similar
projects also exist.
If you play the guitar, you are a guitarist. If you don't wear clothes, you are a nudist. If you engage in some hobby, you are a hobbyist. In general, X-
ist means "one who does X
If you are bigger than everyone else, you are the biggest. If you are richer than everyone else, you are the richest. If you do your hobby better than anyone else you are... a professional. Not a 'hobbiest'.
If you are very small and round, wear waistcoats, and traipse about Middle Earth, you are a hobbit. No relation.
I don't wish to be tediously pedantic, while knowing that correcting the grammar of strangers on the internet is something only the hobbiest
of pedants do. But as an EE design engineer I participate in many job interviews, vetting recent EE grads for the type of design position that tends to appeal to hardware hackers, and over the past year or so I've seen dozens of otherwise bright - sometimes potentially brilliant - candidates go down in flames when HR read the bit in their résumés about their "hobbiest" activities.
My role in these interviews is to determine the suitability of the candidate for the position, so I rarely even read their résumés (especially with new grads who might not have prior professional experience). I give them a couple of problems and ask them to communicate their thought process as they solve them; the point is not to see if they can solve those problems, but to see how they approach solving problems in general. I'm looking for signs of the kind of hard-won intuition that is found in most
tinkerers, but only some
The people in Human Resources, however, get most of their information from the candidate's résumé. One of the things they are looking for is a measure of the candidate's ability to communicate well, and they pay special attention to the candidate's technical writing abilities. An inability to distinguish between adjectives and (pro)nouns, even in a case as seemingly irrelevant as this one, is taken by them to be potentially symptomatic of larger communication problems and/or professional, interpersonal, perhaps moral failings on the part of the candidate. Which means it doesn't matter how talented I think the person is, HR simply isn't going to give them the job.
tl;dr: Be a hobbyist, but don't be the 'hobbiest' hobbyist... the career you save might be your own.