Forbes magazine is out with its list of top states for job growth in 2012. Four of the top 5 on the Forbes list of 10 are desert states. Texas, Nevada, Arizona and New Mexico are numbers one through four. Before you pull up stakes though, pack your freshly minted Allen School Online medical billing and coding certificate and head West, consider this important caveat. All the states on Forbes’ list are so-called “right to work” states. These are states that have instituted laws making it more difficult for unions to organize. As a result, lots of large companies, particularly manufacturers, have made the move into these states to take advantage of lower wage standards in the absence of collective bargaining. This may explain the jump in available positions and new hiring in these states. While medical billing and coding jobs are generally not candidates for unionized workforces (except maybe in large healthcare organizations), it is worth noting that workers “right to work” states generally suffer lower overall earning power than their counterparts in other states. So unless you’re super fond of painted desert landscapes, native American artwork and motifs or warm winter months, you may be better off staying coastal. After all both Oregon and Georgia made the list too!