Mike Monteiro’s books (Design is a Job, You’re My Favorite Client) describe the designer well and convincingly argue that designers not doing their job leads to the faulty perception of the designer’s role.
If more designers did their job, aided wherever possible by client services teams that educated clients on the role of the designer as problem solver and the role of the client as subject matter expert, then the myth of the magical creative may vanish once and for all.
In the meantime: you’re right.
What is actually the rendering of intent within a set of constraints is seen as the job of making something look visually pleasing. Drastically different job descriptions there.