Forensic Artist/Sculptor

Alyssa Barrera ● 5th period ● 10/13/15

What do they do?

Forensic artists/sculptors combine artistic talents with knowledge of anatomy to assist law enforcement in identification. Sculptors might perform facial reconstructions on unidentified remains or use age-progression techniques to develop busts of missing persons. Prospective forensic sculptors should pursue an education in sculpture, as well as a certification for forensic artists.

Where do they work?

A forensic artist/sculptor are law enforcement employees and work for a variety of employers.

What hours do they work?

It all depends on when a employer hires you to draw or sculpt something and how long it takes for you to do it.

Education and training

forensic art certification that requires:

  • at least 80 hours of IAI-approved forensic art training
  • at least 40 hours of related workshops, lectures, and short program training
  • at least 2 years of experience as a forensic arts
  • at least 30 forensic art examples that include age progressions, composites, and reconstructions
  • a portfolio that demonstrates their forensic art techniques (must include at least 10 forensic art images that were prepared for law enforcement investigation cases)

Salary and beneifits


$19.10 - $39.40 Hourly
$1,528.00 - $3,152.00 Biweekly
$3,310.67 - $6,829.33 Monthly
$39,728.00 - $81,952.00 Annually


  • typically not a full time job
  • work for a variety of employers