But there is a career niche calling for safety specialists. Accident investigation is the usual route to these positions.
Sadly, while the NTSB has some of the best investigators its "investigation" process is heavily politicized and legalized to the point that professional safety folks have been using its "crash investigation" techniques as training aides on how not
to find the actual causes of aircraft mishaps.
Also USC has a professional level Aviation Safety program that is outstanding.
Yes, very outstanding. USAF
sponsored the development of that program. Originally a one year graduate levels study course that has since [a long time ago] been compressed [USAF
ordered] to 6 months. All USAF
aviation safety officers must have completed that course. About 10 years after its creation the USN
created [forced into it really] an ASO course at Naval Postgraduate School. USN
"stole" the Dean [and founder] of USC's ASO program to develop the Navy's 6-week [now 5-week] program --another compression of the USAF
/USC program. He was still the ASO Program Director and teaching the Aviation Law class when I attended NPGS in 1985. At that time ASO students received 9 graduate level credits for the 27 graduate level credits' worth of work [not enough classroom time for accreditation purposes]. A very intense 5 weeks indeed.