Planetary engineers study planets and how to apply technology to influence the many environmental factors that affect their habitability. They study anything from space to climate change, helping shape our infrastructure to ensure that we can live in harmony with the Earth or potentially increase the habitability of other worlds.
They are analyzers, explorers, and innovators that work with the future in mind, using predictive modeling to see how we can navigate natural processes. They apply planetary engineering principles to various tasks, like tackling human-induced climate change by removing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere or managing solar radiation; or through terraforming, the hypothetical process of modifying the atmosphere or environment of a planet or moon in order to make it habitable by humans.
Planetary engineering is a highly competitive field due to how intensive it is. People in this role generally need a master’s or PhD in geoengineering, earth science, geoscience or a related field. Jobs for this role are expected to grow 3-9% by 2028.